Erik Abrahamsson is the founder and CEO of Digital Fineprint (DFP), which helps insurance carriers and brokers with actionable insights for SME insurance. Before founding the company, Erik worked in strategy for Twitter in Singapore, and prior to that at Procter & Gamble’s European HQ in Switzerland. DFP’s award-winning software is used by insurers like AXA, QBE and Hiscox, and the company is backed by InsurTech investors Eos Venture Partners and Pentech Ventures.
Head of Global Go To Market, Financial Services Cloud and Wealth & Asset Management
Eran Agrios leads the Go To Market strategy for Financial Services Cloud at Salesforce. Eran has over 15 years of experience in customer relationship management technology. She has spent the last 10 years at Salesforce working with Financial Services companies on innovation and digital transformation. Most recently, her focus has been on the success of Salesforce’s first industry product, Financial Services Cloud.
SVP & Head
New York Life Ventures
Joel Albarella is head of New York Life Ventures (NYLV), the corporate venture capital arm of New York Life. Joel founded and has run NYLV since 2012. He is responsible for the sourcing and management of venture capital investments and the delivery of strategic value via partnership with start-up technologies. Prior to founding NYLV, Joel served in several roles within NYL’s asset management business. Joel earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University.
Hamilton Insurance Group
Pina Albo is CEO of Hamilton Insurance Group, a company using data and technology to change the way insurance is written. A lawyer by training, Pina joined Munich Re and held increasingly senior roles with the company over 25 years. She serves on the boards of the IFG Companies, Blue Marble Microinsurance and Attune Insurance. Pina earned a Maîtrise en Droit (International and European Community Law) from L’Université d’Aix-Marseille III; a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University; and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg.
Digital Transformation Strategies
Toby Alfred was managing director of customer acquisition for Marcus by Goldman Sachs® growing their personal loan business to over $3B during a 20-month period. Prior to that, Toby was an executive at Progressive Insurance where she led Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Customer Acquisition. She was responsible for developing the award winning progressive.com website and growing it into the multi-billion-dollar business it is today. Toby currently is principal of Digital Transformation Strategies LLC, consulting and advising businesses on digital strategies for transformation and growth. Toby has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS from Carnegie Mellon University. She is passionate about education and providing opportunities to disadvantaged youth.
Business Transformation Manager
American Capital Assurance Corporation
Danielle is responsible for all technology aspects at AmCap Insurance, which includes building the policy, billing and claims system; rolling out new products; updating existing products, and producing KPI metrics for the company’s senior leadership. Danielle has worked at AmCap for five years, and she values the positive environment that allows her to thrive and grow as a professional. “I enjoy working for a company that cares about its employees as much as it cares about its customers,” she says. Prior to working at AmCap, Danielle worked as a project manager for a Fortune 100 company where she was responsible for the technical support team for the comapny’s online payment system. Danielle’s work experience in software configuration and management allows her to provide unparalleled insight and expertise in both technology and innovation at AmCap Insurance.
Chief Strategy Officer
Bill Atlee founded iPipline in 1996, creating the first multi-carrier network offering digital access to insurance quotes, underwriting status, and electronic applications through cloud-based software. Bill began his career as a life insurance agent, gaining valuable experience in estate planning techniques for high net worth individuals. In 1992, he founded Direct Quote America, Inc., a nationally licensed brokerage firm that developed one of the first automated term insurance shopping services. Today, Bill is a renowned thought leader, utilizing his decades of experience to deliver humor-based messages provoking the industry to advance digitally. As Chief Strategy Officer of iPipeline, he drives innovation and go-to-market strategy based on customer needs and industry pain points.
Chairman, Co-Founder & CTO
Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT),
Hari Balakrishnan is the Co-Founder, Chairman, and CTO of Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), and also the Fujitsu Professor in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT, where his research led to the creation of CMT. CMT’s mission is to make the world’s roads and drivers safer. Since launching the first mobile usage-based insurance product in 2012, CMT’s award-winning DriveWell platform is today used by more than 35 customers across 25+ countries, benefiting millions of drivers. CMT recently announced a $500M investment from the SoftBank vision fund to fuel its expansion and growth as an InsureTech leader. A world-reknowned researcher in computer science, Balakrishnan was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.
AgeUp Founder & General Manager
Haven Life / MassMutual
Blair Baldwin is the Founder and General Manager of AgeUp, a new product designed to help families protect against the financial downside of increased longevity. Prior to AgeUp, Blair was the cofounder and CEO of Quilt, an early stage insurtech that was acquired by the Haven Life subsidiary of MassMutual. Blair entered the world of insurance when he became the CMO of Goji, an auto insurance startup that raised over $100M in venture capital. Blair is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
John Barr is a Senior Analyst with Celent, a subsidiary of Oliver Wyman, providing research, advisory and consulting services to carriers, software, and service providers and investors in the life, annuity, and general insurance industries. John has 25+ years of experience in management and executive roles with information technology, consulting services, and insurance companies. He brings deep domain expertise across the life, annuity, pensions, and P&C insurance spectrum, and has held leadership positions with Wipro, Capgemini, and CSC/Continuum. John has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and was in a Ph. D Program in marine neurophysiology at UTMB.
Andres Barragan is the President of insuretech startup Gainbridge, a Group1001 company. Prior to joining Group1001, Andres was SVP at Fidelity, leading omni-channel personalization and hybrid service models. Since his early days as a brand manager for P&G, Andres has held leadership roles in branding, user experience design, technology and marketing in financial services and consumer health. When he is not exploring NYC with his daughters Inés (12) and Emma (11), Andres enjoys playing squash, traveling to architecture and food-rich destinations and creating dishes for his family of restaurants that democratize delicious, simple food in reclaimed shipping containers.
Chief Operations & Technology Officer
CNO Financial Group
Bruce Baude is EVP, Chief Operations and Technology Officer of CNO Financial Group. Serving in this role since 2012, he leads all of CNO’s back office operations and IT functions. He was previously COO at Univita Health. He joined LTCG in 2005 and served as CEO through 2008, until its acquisition by Univita. Prior to LTCG, he was CEO of ProCard, a subsidiary of global payments processor TSYS. Baude also spent 9 years with Bank One Corporation, where he held various roles including CEO of its payment processing business. He serves on the board of MIB and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Head of Insurance & Asset Management
World Economic Forum
As Head of Insurance & Asset Management at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Andre Belelieu is responsible for engaging insurers in all WEF initiatives with a relevance for the future of insurance and asset management. During 6 years at the WEF, Belelieu has held other leadership roles, including Head of Infrastructure Investment Initiatives and Associate Director for Financial Services. Prior to joining WEF, Belelieu spent 6 years at American International Group Inc. (AIG). Andre earned a MSc in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Toronto.
CEO & Co-Founder
Inaki Berenguer is Co-founder and CEO of CoverWallet, a tech company reinventing the $100B commercial insurance market for SMBs. Previously, he was Co-founder and CEO of Contactive (aka Klink), a big data platform for telephone calls that was acquired by Fuze (formerly Thinkingphones) in 2015, and Pixable, a mobile photo management app that was acquired by SingTel for $30M in 2012. Prior to that, Inaki held positions at McKinsey, Microsoft and HP. He earned his Masters degree and PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and his MBA from MIT. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University.
Business Development Manager
Julie Bernadou is Mobileye’s Business Development Manager for North America. In her role, Julie also leads the development of the insurance vertical for Mobileye’s latest advancements in collision avoidance technology. Julie oversees the partnerships that help insurance companies be proactive in keeping their customers safe on the road, along with other benefits. Prior to Mobileye, Julie was working for the French Trade Commission, within the Automotive Industry, based in Chicago. There, she built new partnerships and developed business opportunities for French companies that were looking to expand in the North American market. Julie also has experience as the business development and marketing manager for selected suppliers to a range of OEM’s and tier ones in the global automotive, aerospace, and defense markets.
Bessemer Venture Partners
Charles Birnbaum is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office where he leads the firm’s investing in early stage financial services companies. Charles’ fintech portfolio includes many high-growth companies, such as Betterment, Shift Technology, Fabric, Bread, Eave, United Capital, and Zopa. Before venture, Charles spent three years at Foursquare helping to bring forth the company’s first merchant-facing tools. Prior to Foursquare, he spent six years in investment banking and equity capital markets focusing on the technology, media, and telecom sectors. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School, Master of Arts in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.
Ruth Foxe Blader
Ruth Foxe Blader is a thought leader in insurtech and fintech, and a Managing Director at Anthemis. Ruth began her career working to enable Fortune 500 companies to adapt to the digital age, first as a digital project manager and eventually as SVP/Director at Ruder Finn. She ran early web builds and developed comprehensive digital strategies for numerous organizations across many industry verticals; from finance to pharma to governments and NGOs. Following this diverse mandate, which spanned both the US and Europe, Ruth moved to PepsiCo to design and execute the company’s global digital and social strategy. As part of her remit, she launched and ran PepsiCo10—PepsiCo’s marketing startup accelerator initiative—which led to her first experiences with early stage startup investing. In 2011, Ruth joined Allianz SE to help Allianz bridge its gap with the emerging tech ecosystem. As the founder of Allianz Digital Labs and Allianz Digital Accelerator, Ruth successfully evangelized about the necessity to invest in startups as part of a successful emerging tech strategy. Ruth was a founding member of the Allianz Ventures team, where she led investments
in Quantemplate, MoneyFarm and Lemonade, and helped to build a portfolio including SimpleSurance, Nauto and Argus Cyber Security. At Anthemis, Ruth leads two investment partnership vehicles, ABSV (with Baloise) and AEVO
(with UniCredit). Ruth currently sits on the boards of Hokodo, Flock, Fluidly, InsurData, Omnius, PlusSimple and
CEO & Founder
Marcelo Blay is the founder and CEO of Minuto Seguros, the leading online insurance broker in Brazil since 2010. For 10 years he was the head of auto and health insurance products at Porto Seguro and COO of retail insurance at Itaú Seguros for 6 years. Marcelo graduated in mechanical engineering at Maua Engineering School and has an MBA from FGV in Brazil with finance and HR specialization at Columbia University in New York. Marcelo is the broker’s union (SINCOR-SP) head of technology and a member of the board at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein.
CEO & Co-Founder
Farron is the Co-Founder & CEO of Gerry – the first expert concierge for long term care. Inspired by personal experiences of assessing care for loved ones wiht dementia and cogitive decline. Prior to that, Farron was named by Digital Insurance as one of the 20 Insurance Innovators to know, as well as one of the top 35 young executives by Intelligent Insurer in 2017. He previously was a global reinsurer, corporate VC, life insurance carrier President, BCG Strategy Consultant, and primary life insurance Chief Marketing Officer
CEO & Founder
Ilya Bodner has changed the way people buy, sell, and think about commercial insurance. A startup enthusiast and insurtech pioneer, Ilya is the founder and CEO of Bold Penguin, a rapidly growing tech company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Ilya started his career on the front lines as an agent, and has been on a mission to upgrade the industry through one successful startup after another. Recent recognitions include “Executive of the Year” by BizTech and Best in Biz, “People’s Choice Innovation Leader of the Year” by the Insurance Innovation Awards, and Columbus Business First’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2019.
CEO of AXA Next & Group Chief Innovation Officer
Guillaume Borie is the CEO of AXA Next & Chief Innovation Officer of AXA – a worldwide leader in global insurance and asset management. Guillaume leads AXA Next, a new entity of AXA, dedicated to building new services and business models beyond insurance. AXA Next unites a VC fund, a start-up studio, a strategic partnership unit focused on industrializing innovative B2B2C solutions for clients, and an in-house team with M&A capabilities that are dedicated to new business models & services for AXA. Their focus areas are in health, mobility, the platform economy, and business continuity. Since 2015, AXA has invested more than €1 billion in innovation. Prior to his current role, Guillaume was the Group Corporate Development Director, leading the strategy and execution of AXA Group initiatives.
Relay (Reinsurance Platform)
Greg Boutin is CEO of Relay Platform Inc., a Toronto-based insurtech venture backed by backed by American Family Innovations and startup co-creation & VC Highline Beta. Relay is a cross-platform SaaS collaboration hub for P&C reinsurance placements, bringing a visual & intuitive solution to a highly manual, fragmented process that resisted digitization so far. Greg previously launched the successful Techstars-graduate blockchain venture Velocia, managed 900 people and rolled out workflow automation at Deloitte Canada, operated a large eCommerce retailer’s operations, drove organizational transformations with BCG, and obtained a Stanford MBA as a Fulbright scholar and Idealab intern.
James Bowen is the Co-founder and CEO of Energetic Insurance, an insurtech company focused on developing innovative risk management solutions for the commercial & industrial renewable energy market. Energetic created the EneRate Credit Cover insurance product, a first-of-its-kind policy which covers electricity payment default risk on long term commercial energy contracts in order to enable more financing for unrated and below-investment grade businesses. Prior to Energetic, James was the Co-founder of a solar project development firm and was the Director of Business Development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
Managing Director, Insurance, North America
Jim is Accenture’s North American Insurance Practice Leader. Throughout his career, he has focused on large-scale transformation programs at large and mid-sized carriers in the P&C and life/health businesses. His experience with clients has traditionally been at the intersection of technology platform transformation and operating model redesign – across distribution, policy administration, operations and claims. Jim holds a BBA in international finance and marketing from the University of Miami. He joined Accenture in 1995 and – with the exception of a year with a dot-com and three years leading Cognizant’s global Insurance Consulting business – he has been with the company ever since.
Accelerate Chief Executive
Vincent joined AXA XL three years ago to set up Accelerate, the AXA XL, innovation group focused on developing commercial opportunities and new disruptive business models. Vincent is also the Head of Strategic Analytics for AXA XL which brings industrial grade implementation of analytics, machine learning and AI for the business. Vincent has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry, most recently, he held the position of Chief Underwriting Officer and Chief Actuary for VitalityHealth (part of the Discovery group). Prior to this role, Vincent was the Global Chief Underwriting Officer for Personal Lines at Zurich Insurance. In these roles he implemented a wide range of product and pricing innovations. He holds a BSc Honours degree in Mathematics from Loughborough University of Technology, and qualified as an actuary in 2000 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
With more than 10 years of service to Insuresoft, Terry has complete P&L responsibility for the company. Before becoming President, she held the role of VP, Product Management, helping to develop the Diamond System. Under Terry’s leadership, Insuresoft expanded its market share and attained a 100-percent implementation success rate. In a career of more than 30 years, Terry was an independent agent before spending more than 17 years with a regional P&C carrier in Underwriting, Policyholder Services, and as VP, Information Systems.
Head P&C Solutions Americas
Kassie Bryan joined P&C Americas as Head of Solutions in May 2018 and is responsible for the execution of Swiss Re’s Solutions strategy across the Americas region. Solutions is the newest strategic pillar leveraging Swiss Re’s risk expertise, strong capital base and new technology to help clients grow and improve profitability by developing innovative solutions and sharing the risk. As part of this role Kassie leads innovation activities to develop differentiated propositions and strategic partnerships to offer customer-centric solutions that help reduce the protection gap across the Americas region. Prior to this role, Kassie worked in various roles in the Swiss Re Group including as an underwriter in Corporate Solutions, an Investment Professional executing on Swiss Re’s M&A strategy and, most recently, leading the Reinsurance North America Business Development team to create and commercialize new reinsurance opportunities to support P&C clients’ strategic goals. Kassie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University and was named a 2018 industry rising star by Reactions magazine.
SVP, Insurance Strategy, Platforms & Ventures
Michael Clifton leads the Emergent Business Group within Cognizant’s Global Insurance Practice to bring next-generation venture start-ups, partnerships and platforms to market. He is known as a senior leader and strategist with broad expertise in assessing operations and business challenges, developing strategies and delivering results. Michael brings extensive experience in driving innovation and change for business transformation. He has a diverse background in the insurance, Financial services and technology industries (software and services), focused on delivering global initiatives that align corporate targets. His specialties include IT modernization of infrastructure and legacy apps, and guiding our global clients in developing digital narratives across the value chain. Michael has worked closely with large-scale and geographically distributed work forces to enable change. Prior to Cognizant, Michael held C-level positions at the Federal Bank of Boston and the Hanover Insurance Group, and he founded and divested a number of start-up businesses.
Andy is a global executive with deep experience across the Insurance industry building and implementing digital customer and operational strategies to drive profitable growth. As Chief Operating Officer, Andy Cohen is accountable for the execution of Snapsheet’s end-to-end customer service and engagement. Prior to joining Snapsheet, Andy was vice president of global operations at CNA Insurance where he was responsible for driving growth and building consistent customer service experiences for P&C operations, accounting for more than $8 billion in annual revenue across various industries. Before CNA, Andy served as vice president of strategy for the middle market business unit at Travelers Insurance. Prior to Travelers, he worked with a variety of insurance clients at Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, implementing technology-enabled growth strategies and delivering operational efficiency initiatives. Andy has authored multiple articles and white papers that have been featured in the Wall-Street Journal, Best Review Magazine and Carrier Management. Andy received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington.
Head of Digital Experience
Keia Cole is Head of Digital Experience at MassMutual. She leads the development of innovative, customer-centric technology solutions for MassMutual clients. Keia is responsible for driving MassMutual’s digital transformation efforts including design and build of MassMutual’s web and mobile properties. Previously, Keia was Head of Customer Experience Strategy at MassMutual. Prior to MassMutual, Keia served as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Education during President Obama’s administration, was a litigator at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a JD/MBA from Stanford.
CEO & Co-Founder
Spotted CEO Janet Comenos is the brainchild behind the company’s “disgrace insurance,” a product which provides protection to companies who hire key or famous people, in the case those individuals are disgraced. $10M limits are available, and a consortium of Lloyd’s markets have put up the capacity. Janet has been quoted in The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Forbes, and several other reputable sources. At Spotted, Janet oversees sales, marketing, operations, and investor relations in addition to playing an instrumental role in the company’s $11.5M capital raise. Janet holds a B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania.
EVP, Research and Consulting & Practice Leader for Property/Casualty
Martina Conlon is an Executive Vice President of Research and Consulting and practice leader for property/casualty at Novarica. She is an expert on IT strategy, best practices, organizational approaches, and technology architecture and is the primary researcher and author of market-leading reports on core systems and technology strategy. Prior to Novarica, Martina served as Director of Enterprise Technology for Arbella Insurance, where she was responsible for all business applications, analytics, websites, and portals. She has also served as Principal Consultant with major technology and consulting firms, where she partnered with client executives to launch technology solutions to meet strategic business goals. She holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.
Global Insurance Digital Leader
David Connolly is a Principal with EY’s Financial Services Organization, the lead of the Global Insurance Digital Practice, and the Americas Information Technology Group Leader for the Insurance sector. David and his team have defined a multitude of technology-enabled business offerings that help insurers define their digital strategy to remain competitive in the digital marketplace. He has also led the EY Guidewire practice globally since 2008, and has been involved with over 30 Guidewire programs and over 100 implementations around the world. David is based in Silicon Valley, California.
Global Insurance Accelerator
Nicole Cook is currently the Managing Director of the Global Insurance Accelerator. She has startup experience, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of Speeko, which went through Techstars Chicago in 2018. Prior to, Nicole worked for Dwolla, a payments technology company where she grew into an executive role, starting as an MBA intern and becoming Vice President of Sales and Strategy over five years, working in Des Moines, San Francisco and New York. Out of undergrad from the University of Iowa, Nicole joined BMO Capital Markets where she worked for nearly seven years in various investment and corporate banking roles in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York. Following BMO, Nicole completed MBA coursework at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jon co-founded Life.io in 2012. He brings to the company more than 15 years’ experience driving strategic growth, operations and product for leading companies in the insurance and technology space. Most recently, Jon served as Chief of Staff at TriZetto, helping the business grow and ultimately selling to Cognizant for $2.7 billion. Jon holds an MBA from The Wharton School where he received the Wharton Entrepreneurship Award and was twice the recipient of the Snider Seed Grant. Jon received a BA from The University of Pennsylvania.
Director of IT
Founder and CEO of Stable. Richard previously led software companies in Chicago, Melbourne and London and is a former winner of the Barclays Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2016 he was inspired by his farming background to democratise hedging for millions of businesses around the world that are exposed to volatile commodity prices. After 4 years of R&D, Stable’s parametric insurance platform now offers volatility insurance across hundreds of commodity indexes from agriculture to metals, plastics, and energy in over 15 countries around the world.
Industry Leader, Insurance – EMEA
As Industry Lead Insurance for Europe, Gijsbert is providing Appian’s customers support in the many ways on how Appian can be beneficial in the Insurance industry. For this he uses his 14+ years experience as an Operations and Change Manager in Insurance at Hiscox and PartnerRe. During this time he built an in-depth knowledge in P&C insurance processes and solutions in Insurance, and worked closely with underwriters and brokers to find product, distribution and processing solutions in Europe. Before working in insurance, Gijsbert worked for 9 years on several international blue chip projects (at Accenture and KPMG). Professionally, Gijsbert gets enthused by growth and transformation plans, business development, inspiring teams, building bridges between Business and IT and working in international environments.
Blockchain Partnerships & Investments Lead
Britney is Accenture’s Ecosystem and Ventures Blockchain Lead. She is responsible for developing and driving Accenture’s blockchain / distributed ledger technology ecosystem strategy for start-up and small to mid-sized partners across all industries globally. This encompasses partner evaluation, and joint go-to-market and solution development efforts. Prior to Accenture, Britney managed customized data and analytics solution sales to large enterprise clients. She also spent time at Microsoft in corporate finance. She has worked on projects around the world including West Africa, China, Mexico and Spain. Britney has a Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
CEO & Co-Founder
Alex Dalyac is co-founder & CEO of Tractable, a company that develops artificial intelligence for accident and disaster recovery. Tractable’s market-leading tools use photos to automate damage appraisal, allowing industry players to improve accuracy, reduce turnaround time, and deliver a revamped customer claims experience. Founded in 2014, Tractable has a world-class research and development team with over 30 years of combined research experience, and has raised over $30m from Insight Venture Partners and other top-tier investors. The company is based in London, with offices in New York and Tokyo.
Tim is the Chief Executive Officer of SelectQuote Insurance Services, a leading technology-enabled direct-to-consumer insurance distribution platform spanning Senior Healthcare (Medicare), Life and Auto & Home markets. Prior to becoming CEO, Tim served as President of SelectQuote’s Life and Auto & Home divisions. His InsureTech leadership experience is as a founder, investor and strategic leader. Under Tim’s leadership, SelectQuote has experienced significant growth and been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a Best Places to Work and 2019 Champions of Business. Tim has a Business Degree from the University of Missouri and a MBA from the University of Kansas.
VP of Tech and Data
Ryan Deeds has been at the forefront of the insurance agency analytics and technology space for the past 18 years. He’s been involved in transforming multiple agencies from gut driven to data driven and brings a plethora of experience to share from both failures and successes. He’s been profiled on the podcasts Datacruch and Analytics on Fire as well as his own about Insurance agency operations called the digital broker. He is a sql and python developer and spends most of his time in the Microsoft BI stack. In his current role he helps a multitude of large independent insurance agencies with data strategy and technology roadmap services.
Bastiaan de Goei
Head of AXA Next US
Dr. Bastiaan de Goei heads up AXA Next US. AXA Next is the innovation company and subsidiary of the AXA Group, one of the largest insurance and financial services groups in the world. AXA Next encompasses a VC fund, an incubator, a partnerships group, and an M&A team. Together, they represent a USD 1 billion commitment towards innovative growth initiatives by the AXA Group. AXA Next is focused on healthcare, mobility, business continuity, and the platform economy. Dr. Bastiaan de Goei has been with AXA in successive management positions for the past 8 years. Prior to joining AXA, Dr. Bastiaan de Goei worked as an investor for PE fund Doughty Hanson and as a strategy consultant for L.E.K. consulting. He obtained his PhD in business economics from the University of Cambridge and a MSc in Management from the London School of Economics.
Director of Product - Mobility Intelligence
Katie DeGraaf oversees Product Management for Mobility Intelligence at Arity, including the development and recommendations of new techniques and processes to build innovative solutions for Arity’s Insurance customers. Before joining Arity, DeGraaf spent more than a decade at Willis Towers Watson where she played a key role in launching its telematics rating solution, DriveAbility. Katie has a deep passion for telematics and has spoken on the subject across the globe. She also serves on the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Personal Lines Conference Planning Committee and is a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation.
CEO & President
Topa Insurance Group
With over 27 years of experience in personal and commercial lines insurance, John has overseen insurance operations for personal and commercial lines property and casualty products distributed through a wide range of models including captive agents, independent agents and brokers, direct operations as well as wholesalers and managing general agents. Prior to joining Topa, John’s work experience included GMAC Insurance, MAPFRE Insurance, and the California State Automobile Association. John is a CPCU and graduated from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
Becky Downing is the CEO and founder of buzzvault, the world’s first digital asset vault. By making it effortless for customers to securely catalogue their possessions, all from the convenience of their mobiles, buzzvault is creating a new kind of home insurance: transparent, data-rich and tailored perfectly to customers’ needs. Already recognised by TechCity Insider in 2015 as ‘One of the 200 Most Influential People in Tech (UK)’, she won 2017’s Connecticut County VentureClash competition and, most recently, the prestigious DIAmond Award at the Digital Insurance Agenda in Amsterdam in May 2018. Prior to founding buzzvault, Becky worked as a commercial litigation lawyer at top City law firms.
President, Global Risk & Digital
Drzik is President of Marsh’s Global Risk and Digital division. In this role, he has global responsibility for the Marsh businesses that provide risk and insurance solutions to small businesses and individuals, and he manages Marsh’s global operations in consulting, captive solutions, digital, data, and analytics. Prior to this role, he was CEO of Oliver Wyman, which he joined in 1984. Drzik is also chair of MMC Insights, a Marsh & McLennan Companies research group focused on identifying breakthrough perspectives and solutions to society’s most complex challenges. He serves on the advisory board of the International Risk Governance Council and the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and was a member of the 2018 NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Disruptive Risks.
CEO & Founder
Acko General Insurance
Varun Dua is the Founder and CEO of Acko, an insurance carrier in India that operates in the P&C space. Prior to Acko, he co-founded Coverfox (a digital broking platform), and an insurance software services firm. He started his career with AIG as part of the early team that set-up AIG’s business in India. Acko is India’s first digital only insurer to receive the regulator’s nod and is backed by investors such as Accel, Intact, Swiss Re and Amazon. Acko creates high frequency use case products around ride sharing, online travel booking etc. Acko operates on sharp pricing and digital distribution model for traditional products like auto insurance.
Mary Beth Eckert
CIO, Property and Casualty
An execution driven leader; builds high performance teams that deliver business enabling digital solutions for insurance organizations. A recognized diversity leader with hands on experience attracting, mentoring and empowering woman in technology.
CEO & Co-Founder
InShare SMART Risk
We are InShare SMART Risk, providing a smarter approach to risk via our digital risk ecosystem – an efficient way to share; manage; reduce and transfer risk. We enable our customers to share risk through the creation of a risk sharing community. Our knowledge and expertise provide a solution for our customers to better manage risk. And because there’s always the unexpected – in areas where the risk cannot be shared, managed or controlled we will transfer the risk to eliminate your exposure. SMART risk delivers greater resilience, leading to less loss, more profit and greater confidence for employees, investors, customers and YOU.
Shawn is Managing Director at NFP Ventures and leads oversight of the fund. He serves as director on the boards of Axio, Vivante, and Wellth. He is a board observer for Nubundle and 401kplans.com. His investment perspective leverages diverse operational, strategic and investment experience. Previously, as President and founding team member of Zest Health, he lead company growth from concept to over half a million paid subscribers and several health partnerships within three years. Prior to Zest, Shawn focused on healthcare technology investments at 7wire Ventures. He was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and began his career at Lazard Middle Market’s M&A practice. Shawn holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the The Economic Club of Chicago and a board member.
Enterprise Architecture Manager
Jason Ennis is the Enterprise Architecture Manager at MMG Insurance, a regional Property and Casualty Insurer located in Presque Isle, ME. Jason joined the Company in 2009 and was previously employed by Unum Group as a Systems Consultant and Technical Architect specializing in underwriting and actuarial systems, then with CCH Incorporated, Wolters Kluwer as Enterprise Services Manager specializing in corporate tax systems and with ATX Forms Inc. as the Enterprise Knowledge Group Manager.
CEO & Co-Founder
Fabric Co-Founder & CEO Adam Erlebacher was formerly COO at Simple where he led Simple’s growth from pre-launch to hundreds of thousands of customers (acquired by BBVA). Prior to Simple, he co-founded PlaceVine, an online advertising marketplace (acquired 2011), and led business development at AI startup Colloquis (acquired by Microsoft). Earlier, Adam specialized in technology, media, & telecom transactions at JPMorgan. He received his B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School.
Dawna Capps Evans
President & CUO
Dawna Capps Evans is President & CUO of WÜLF, LLC a management and insurance consulting firm specializing in InsurTech, Start-Ups and CRB’s (Cannabis Related Businesses.) She has more than 25 years of experience in the Property/Casualty Industry in senior leadership roles focused on Specialty Underwriting, MGA/Affinity Programs and Risk Management. Prior to launching WULF, LLC Dawna spent 16 years at Travelers Insurance in various leadership roles; most recently as the P&C Leader in Sao Paulo, Brazil for Travelers newly created commercial insurance company in South America. Dawna holds the distinguished CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and CRM (Certified Risk Manager) designations and is currently serving as the Executive Director for the NCRMA (National Cannabis Risk Management Association.)
SVP, Head of Enabling Solutions
Caroline Faulkner leads Prudential’s Enabling Solutions organization, responsible for driving enterprise transformation to simplify the customer service experience and transform the future of how Prudential works. Enabling Solutions optimizes like-type functions to serve all of Prudential’s U.S. business via multiple centers of excellence. Previously, Caroline served as chief operating officer for Pramerica, Prudential’s Center for Next Generation Growth. She also led the start-up of Prudential’s El Paso Business & Technology Solutions Center. Caroline holds multiple degrees including a master’s in leadership and innovation from the Institute of Technology, Letterkenny, and an accounting/finance diploma from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
SVP, Business Applications & Support, Information Technology
Ruben Fechner, serves as senior vice president, Business Applications and Support, Information Technology at ERIE. He was previously the Vice President of Commercial, Sales and Distribution Technology at The Hartford. Fechner began his IT career at USAA, where he held a variety of leadership and technology roles which included Senior Vice President of Programs and Projects, where he led strategic planning and directed the efforts of hundreds of technology and process improvement initiatives. Fechner is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Managing General Partner
Eric Feder serves as the Managing General Partner of Lennar Ventures where he oversees Lennar’s innovation and venture capital investing. Prior to his current role, Eric was Vice Chairman at Rialto Capital from 2008 until 2018. Eric has been instrumental in helping identify, structure, and execute investments for Lennar that have re-defined the landscape of real estate technology – including States Title, Hippo Insurance, Blend, Opendoor, and Divvy Homes. He serves as a board director at States Title, as well as Hippo Insurance. Eric is Past Chairman of the Miami Dolphins Cancer Challenge and is a current member of the Board of Governors of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.
Dovetail, a Victor company
Michael Ferber is Chief Executive Officer of Dovetail Insurance responsible for the company’s overall strategy, service and product delivery. Mike has over 25 years of technology, process-effectiveness and change management experience. Prior to joining Dovetail, Mike was the Chief Information Officer for ICAT, also a Victor company. As CIO for ICAT, his role was a business position with responsibilities in the areas of technology, digital and user experience strategies, as well as operational processes. Prior to joining ICAT, Mike served as Senior Vice President of Change Management for Lehman Brothers Mortgage division in Denver. Prior to Lehman Brothers, he spent five years with GMAC leading operations and technology within their mortgage banking division. Early in his career, he spent seven years with Ernst & Young as well as technology start-up companies. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Indiana University.
EVP - Insurance/Advisory Board
A property/casualty industry veteran of nearly three decades, Emilio Figueroa led the creation of multiple insurance programs for risk management venture firms, and previously led innovation and creation across multiple insurance verticals ranging from MGA, captives, alternative risk transfer vehicles, and multiple reinsurance firms.
Chief Innovation Officer
Insurance Thought Leadership
Guy’s has dedicated the last 15 of his 35 year career to world class innovation practices as well as those technologies making the greatest impact on risk and risk management. Guy serves both State & Federal public policy makers, foreign governments, startups and established firms on the testing and deployment of exponential technologies. Guy’s experiences include working with premier global innovators such as IDEO, Global Business Network, X-Prize Foundation, Google-X, and Singularity University. As an innovation architect, Guy’s insurance and reinsurance clients have generated new capital in excess of $4.5B by successfully inventing and launching new products, efficiency solutions, non-insurance revenue streams, and cutting insurance product development times from months to weeks. Guy was also engaged as a subject matter expert by AM Best in the development of the Innovation Rating Criteria announced earlier in 2019.
AVP, Strategic Ventures
Jill joined The Hartford in 2017 and she is focused on identifying interesting companies that could further the strategy and innovation agenda of the firm. She is responsible for maintaining and enhancing relationships with VCs, incubators/accelerators, PE firms, startup companies and entrepreneurs so that The Hartford can be on the forefront of new and exciting opportunities. The majority of Jill’s career has been in venture capital and private equity. Prior to The Hartford, Jill was with Knightsbridge Advisers, a venture capital fund of funds, where she invested in many of the top performing venture capital and growth equity partnerships. Prior to Knightsbridge, she was a Principal with TD Capital Ventures and was an active investor in early stage technology companies. Earlier in her career, Jill gained operational experience at an Internet startup, as well as research and consulting expertise at IDC, a leading global provider of market intelligence on IT and consumer markets. Jill holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Michigan.
SVP, Strategy, Product Management & Marketing
CCC information Services
Marc Fredman is Senior Vice President of Strategy, Product Management & Marketing for CCC Information Services. Marc is responsible for strategy and capital allocation across CCC’s product portfolio, as well as all corporate development activities including M&A. Marc joined CCC in 2014. Before joining CCC, Marc spent ten years at the Boston Consulting Group, where he was a core member of BCG’s technology and corporate development practice areas. Marc’s work focused on advising CEOs and boards of Fortune 500 companies on growth and portfolio strategy. Marc was a three-time winner of BCG’s Polaris Award for outstanding client impact. Prior to BCG, Marc worked at JPMorgan and a predecessor institution, where among other roles he founded the leading Health Savings Account administrator in the US. Marc holds multiple patents in the fields of financial technology and transaction processing. Marc earned a Bachelor’s degree in Honors Philosophy from Georgetown University, and also holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
President-U.S. Insurance Solutions
Amy Friedrich leads Principal’s U.S. insurance businesses, serving 100,000 employers and 3.5 million people. Through a broad range of protection solutions, Principal helps employers attract and retain key talent, protect against loss of income and assets, and secure their financial future. Friedrich leads 3,500 employees responsible for group employee benefits, life insurance, disability insurance, and nonqualified deferred compensation, along with the distribution arm, which included Principal’s advisor network. Previously, she was senior vice president of the specialty benefits division, which saw above-industry growth under her leadership. Before joining Principal in 2000, she worked in change management for Accenture. She holds an undergraduate degree from Buena Vista University and a master’s degree from Purdue University.
Chief Operations Officer & Co-Founder
Stephen Fromkin is the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer at Talespin, an enterprise software solutions company that leverages immersive technology to transform the way global workforces learn, work, and collaborate. At Talespin, Stephen leads strategy and operations across new business, marketing, and content production. He also leads the company’s expansion deeper into the insurance vertical. Stephen has more than 20 years of experience in innovative technology, and has produced thousands of hours of media prior to turning his focus on immersive content (VR, AR and MR) for training, promotional, and entertainment purposes to service the needs of Fortune 100 organizations.
Mike Furlong is the CEO of Indio Technologies, a platform that simplifies the insurance application process for brokers and their clients. Indio is trusted by thousands of broker agents across North America, has a relationship with more than 30 of the top 100 U.S. brokerages, and has raised a total of $30M in funding from Menlo Ventures, 8VC, NFP Ventures, 500 Startups, Merus Capital, and Compound. Prior to Indio Technologies, Mike started Sliced Investing, the first online hedge fund investment platform built for individual investors backed by Khosla Ventures and Y Combinator. Mike’s passion is at the intersection of software and financial services, with a focus on enhancing legacy workflows.
Strategy Meets Action
Karen Furtado, Partner, is a well-known authority on insurance technology and how it fuels transformation within insurance companies. Her focus is helping insurers prepare for the future of the industry through the decisions they make today. Karen’s deep understanding of how to effect change guides insurers in the development and implementation of their transformation roadmaps. Her comprehensive knowledge stretches across foundational technologies such as policy admin, billing and claims, the implications of InsurTech, and enhancing adaptability and flexibility in a changing market. Her commitment to promoting innovation, encouraging the exploration and adoption of transformational technologies, and developing proactive ways to plan for the future draws those seeking an edge. In a highly competitive world, Karen brings exceptional knowledge and experience to the challenges of connecting solutions to business and IT requirements for both insurers and vendor clients.
For more than 30 years, Karen has held leadership positions across the insurance industry. She was previously the Vice President of CGI’s Insurance Practice, where she had responsibility for the development of their strategic direction and oversight of CGI’s insurance software services, hosted services, and core insurance BPO practice.
The End Of Insurance As We Know It
Rob Galbraith has been called “a global insurtech thought leader”, “a wonderful motivation”, “an inspiration”, “a mentor to many in the insurance industry”, “the most interesting man in insurance”, “the prophet” and “the WD40 of insurance” for his versatile skills and ability to solve all manners of problems. Rob is the Director of Innovation at AF Group and the author of the Amazon bestseller The End Of Insurance As We Know It. Rob is a popular keynote speaker who has spoken at events around the globe on the topics of innovation, insurtech and the future of insurance. Rob has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in a variety of leadership positions with AF Group, USAA, Citigroup, and the Federal Reserve Board. He is a recognized thought leader on P&C insurance who is a frequent media contributor and well-known industry influencer. Rob holds a Master’s of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University.
Jackson National Life Insurance Company
Dev Ganguly is the chief information officer at Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson®), the U.S. subsidiary of London-based Prudential plc. He oversees all aspects of application development, infrastructure engineering, IT service management, enterprise architecture and digital transformation. He is also responsible for Jackson’s technology strategy and, as a member of the executive leadership team, assists in developing Jackson’s long-term business strategy. Mr. Ganguly has held a variety of roles in the IT group, including director and assistant vice president. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, electronics and power from the National Institute of Technology in India.
Director, Global Pre Sales
Joel is a software and business process optimization veteran who helps our customers plan and launch RPA projects. For 20 years, Joel ran Call Centers for multinational organizations, overseeing operations for thousands of agents. His duties ranged from the implementation and operationalization of new technology, to maximizing sales opportunities within highly structured and repeatable business flows.
SVP - Strategic Marketing, Industry Relations & Innovation
Denise Garth is Senior Vice President Strategic Marketing responsible for leading marketing, industry relations and innovation in support of Majesco’s client centric strategy, working closely with Majesco customers, partners and the industry. She is a recognized Top 50 InsurTech Influencer and industry leader with both P&C and L&A insurance experience as a CIO and business executive with deep international ties in Asia and Europe through her ACORD leadership role. Denise is an acknowledged strategic thinker, innovation leader, international speaker, and author of thought leadership and articles regarding the key issues and opportunities facing the industry today to prepare for the future. Prior to joining Majesco, Denise held business and technology senior executive roles with leading insurance companies, including Mutual of Omaha, CUNA Mutual and Century Cos. of America. At ACORD, she was vice president, standards and membership driving ACORD’s international expansion and market presence. While at Innovation Group, she was EVP, strategic marketing and global head of market strategy where she re-established the company’s position through market-driven strategy and solutions. Most recently she was Partner and Chief Digital Officer with Strategy Meets Action, leading the Innovation Practice evaluating emerging technologies, outside industry trends, and innovation and their implications and opportunities for the industry.
SVP - PI Claim
Patrick Gee is Senior Vice President, Claim at Travelers, Inc., the second largest writer of U.S. Commercial Property Casualty insurance and the third largest writer of U.S. Personal Insurance through independent agents. Gee’s division is responsible for delivering claim service to Personal and Commercial Auto & Property customers, including Catastrophe response. Recent innovations in digital/mobile strategies, AI, advanced analytics and geospacial & imagery capabilities are significantly accelerating customer experience and operational effectiveness – for instance, his group employs one of the largest drone fleets in the U.S. In prior roles, Gee managed policyholder services and sales operations, including business transition during the Aetna, Royal and St. Paul acquisitions. He has also led startup businesses and program management execution, after starting his career in Information Technology.
Jay Gelb, CFA, is currently Managing Director and senior equity analyst at Barclays covering the property-casualty and life insurance industries as well as Berkshire Hathaway. Prior to joining Barclays in 2008, Jay was the senior equity analyst at Lehman Brothers covering the P&C insurance industry. Before joining Lehman, Jay spent five years in equity research at Prudential Equity Group, LLC. He began his professional career as an underwriter for Chubb specializing in the financial institutions industry. Jay earned a B.A. in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a M.B.A., also in Finance, from Bentley University.
Spring Venture Group
Chris is the CEO of Spring Venture Group and a member of the company’s board of directors. Chris joined Spring Venture Group in 2011 as Executive Vice President with a promotion to CEO in 2012. His emphasis on calculated growth and leadership development helped build the organization from 27 employees in 2012 to over 600 in 2018. Chris empowers decision making and embracing an entrepreneurial spirit through constant improvement and innovation. This vision is at the core of Spring Venture Group’s tremendous success and has set the standard for the company’s culture.
Ron is passionate about revolutionizing Artificial Intelligence to help people work smart and enrich their lives. A technology enthusiast at heart, Ron founded Chisel with a vision to leverage AI to help industries like insurance who deal in high volumes of unstructured data and manual processes digitally transform. Ron is a charismatic speaker with a unique vision focused on business success and technological innovation. Under Ron’s leadership Chisel won Gold at the 2019 Zurich Innovation World Championship and the ACORD InsurTech Innovation Challenge in 2018. In his free time, Ron enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Fmr. First Deputy Commissioner
Iowa Insurance Division
Kay is former First Deputy Commissioner at the Iowa Insurance Division. She is proud to have spent a great portion of her career providing legal advice to a variety levels of insurance and financial services professionals at a Fortune 100 company as they innovated and served consumers and insurance producers across the country. Using her public and private sector experience in legal and public policy, she formed Kay Fairchild Godfredsen Law Office to help businesses grow, manage their risks, and thrive. Kay serves as outside general counsel to businesses in various stages here in Iowa and across the U.S., providing practical legal and regulatory advice, holistic risk analysis, contract negotiation, and overall strategic outside counsel tailored for business’ long-term goals. She volunteers on several boards and is Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at Drake University Law School. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota and her Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School.
CEO & Co-Founder
Shannon Goggin is the CEO and co-founder of Noyo, a software company building infrastructure for modern health insurance distribution. Noyo’s platform makes it easy for insurance companies, brokers, and distribution platforms to safely and efficiently share information. Before starting Noyo, she built product at Zenefits, where she saw the powerful role insurance plays in increasing access to healthcare.
CEO & Co-Founder
Demetrius Gray is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of WeatherCheck. He is a 31 year old third-generation entrepreneur and Kentucky native. He started WeatherCheck after experience in the finance, roofing, and disaster restoration industries helped him realize that key processes were ripe for disruption and automation. Demetrius is a futurist, and frequently speaks publicly on topics including challenging conventional wisdom, the touchless claim, and redefining the first notice of loss. He is deeply involved in insurtech and startup communities nationally he espouses radical transparency and trying to be a good dude.
Chairman & CEO
Starr Insurance Companies
MAURICE R. GREENBERG is Chairman of Starr Companies, a global insurance and investment organization founded by Cornelius Vander Starr in 1919 in Shanghai, China. Mr. Greenberg retired as Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG), a former Starr subsidiary, which became the first fully licensed foreign insurance company in China. Under his nearly 40 years of leadership, AIG grew from an initial market value of $300 million to $180 billion, becoming the largest insurance company in the world.
Mr. Greenberg is also the chairman of The Starr Foundation, a philanthropic organization initially funded by Cornelius Vander Starr’s estate. Under his leadership, the Starr Foundation has grown to become one of the largest private foundations in the United States. The Foundation has made more than $3.5 billion in grants worldwide to many academic, medical, cultural and public policy organizations around the world.
Among his numerous awards and appointments, Mr. Greenberg serves as Vice Chairman of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, Honorary Vice Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, and as a member of the Board of the US-China Business Council. In 1990, he was appointed by Zhu Rongji as Shanghai’s first Chairman of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council (IBLAC). Greenberg has been named an honorary citizen of Shanghai and was appointed as a Senior Economic Advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government.
In 2018, Greenberg was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal for helping to open up China’s economy to the world.
Under Mr. Greenberg’s leadership, Starr has invested more than $1 billion in China since 2005. Starr led the IPO for the People’s Insurance Company of China (PICC), and acquired Dazhong Insurance, the first privatization of a state-owned insurance company.
Sr. Director, Customer Success
Joe Griffin is the Senior Director of Customer Success at Octo Telematics. He oversees customer management for all clients across the Americas, including clients that are members of the DriveAbility® program, Octo’s proprietary end-to-end telematics rating solution. Joe also has experience in predictive modeling, territory analysis and vehicle symbol development for personal lines insurers. He has led several client engagements involving the use of external data (e.g., geodemographic) in modeling and the application of geo-spatial analysis in territory development.
Group Chief Strategy, Innovation and Business Development Officer
Giovanni Giuliani joined Zurich Insurance Group in 2016 as Group Chief Strategy, Innovation and Business Development Officer, reporting directly to the Group CEO. 2012 – 2015 Giovanni worked for Generali Assicurazioni where he started in Strategy and was than appointed Managing Director of Generali Investment Management and an Executive Vice Chairman of Generali Real Estate. Before Generali he was Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company for 15 years, serving large Insurance and Banking Groups across the European markets, USA and Australia. He holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, and a MD with laude in Chemical Engineering from Pisa University.
McKeel Hagerty began playing with cars as a boy and hasn’t stopped since, turning his parent’s small local insurance agency into the world’s largest provider of specialty insurance and automotive media for people who love cool cars. McKeel is a former chairman of YPO (2016-2017), the premier global leadership organization for more than 27,000 chief executives in over 130 countries. He is distilling his experiences with YPO and his lifelong study of leadership into his first book, “Boundless,” which will be published by ForbesBooks in 2020. McKeel is also a Co-Founder and General Partner for Grand Ventures, which invests in innovative emerging technologies for Midwest industries.
EVP, Chief Agency, Sales & Marketing Officer
Rand Harbert is executive vice president and chief agency, sales & marketing officer at State Farm. He has leadership responsibility for all sales and marketing functions, which includes 19,000 independent contractor agents.
Rand joined State Farm as an agent in 1992 and was appointed as an agency field executive in 1999. After serving in various leadership roles, he was named senior vice president in California in 2007, joined the Chairman’s Council in 2011 and was appointed to his current role in 2013. A graduate of the University of Central Missouri, Rand earned an MBA from Webster University in 1988 and graduated from the General Management program at the Harvard Business School in 2001. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The American College.
Chief Claims Officer
Velocity Risk Underwriters
Rod Harden joined Velocity in January 2016 as the Chief Claims Officer, setting up the claims organization from inception. Prior to Velocity, Rod was Head of Catastrophe Claims with Farmers Insurance, where he began his career in 1993 holding various positions in all facets of claims handling, management and senior leadership. In addition, Rod spent 21 years in the U.S. Army as an Armor Officer. Rod holds a B.A. degree in History/Political Science from Arkansas Tech University.
Sr. Director, Solution Engineering
John Heffernan is the Americas’ Senior Director of Solution Engineering at Octo Telematics. He partners with insurance companies of all sizes to better manage risk, customers, and reduce claim cycle time and loss adjustment expenses by integrating telematics data into their processes. John has worked in the insurance industry for over 35 years with leading insurers including Progressive and State Auto. His strategic leadership and industry insights help insurers navigate the shifting technology landscape to increase revenues and proactively service policyholders.
Chief Marketing Officer
Scott Heimes is the Chief Marketing Officer at Zipwhip, a Seattle-based SaaS company, empowers companies to communicate with their customers in the most effective and preferred way possible – text messaging. Scott is responsible for driving Zipwhip’s marketing program, guiding business development efforts and developing corporate growth strategies. Scott most recently served as CMO of SendGrid, a global digital communication platform, and has also held C-level positions at Digital River and WebMD. An avid outdoorsman, Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
President & COO
Resolution Group Life Holdings Ltd.
John is the President and Chief Operating Officer of The Resolution Group. From 2012 to 2018, John was the Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President for MetLife Inc. He has held various senior positions in the insurance industry, including as Chief Financial Officer at ING Groep NV, The Netherlands, and Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer & Executive VP for Arch Capital Group Ltd, Bermuda. He spent a number of years at Merrill Lynch & Co. in Investment Banking, Financial Institutions Group. He is a Member of The American Academy of Actuaries, and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. John received a Bachelor of Math degree from The University of Waterloo.
ABD Insurance & Financial Services
Brian is the Chairman of ABD, a specialty insurance and financial services firm serving global clients from their Northern California headquarters. Brian helped launch ABD in 2012 as CEO, and held executive roles at Wells Fargo Insurance and abd insurance previously. Brian is an avid technology fan, having run global sales teams at NightFire Software, N.E.T., and MCI Telecommunications. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Kellogg Graduate School of Business. He is a music nut, playing in several bands that allow keyboards and accordions.
CEO & Co-Founder
Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. MSc, in Artificial Intelligence, from Tokyo University. Engaged in research on Recommendation Engine, Complex Network, Clustering. Won the Innovative Software Creation Program (Super Creator Award) under Information-technology Promotion Agency Japan (IPA) in 2005 and 2006. Started her first business to create the middleware which enables to develop iOS / Android / Feature Phone simultaneously, and sold the company to mixi.inc. Founded Cinnamon in 2016.
CEO & Founder
Gary Hoberman has 25 years’ experience bringing transformative solutions to market for leading financial organizations. He is the inventor of eight patents, including Unqork, the first Do-it-Yourself Enterprise software platform, founded in 2017. Gary has grown Unqork to support 20 of the top global financial institutions, including leading financial services and insurance companies, and has secured funding from prominent investors including Goldman Sachs. Prior to Unqork, he was the Global CIO for MetLife, overseeing technology across 47 countries, managing a $1.2 billion budget and more than 10,000 resources and one of the youngest-ever Managing Directors at Citigroup.
James Hobson leads the Attune team on its mission to leverage technology to simplify and streamline the processes small businesses follow to get insurance. Prior to joining Attune, James was Chief Operating Officer of online lending company OnDeck. He helped steward OnDeck through an IPO in 2014 and launch OnDeck’s landmark partnership with JP Morgan Chase in 2015. James’ professional experiences also include time at iQuor and McKinsey. He also co-founded BuyYourFriendADrink.com, which was later acquired by LivingSocial.
Principal Insurance Specialist
Susan is part of the financial institutions group at IFC. She invests in insurance, both mature companies and earlier stage technology related to insurance, in developing countries. She has 30 years’ experience in insurance in a variety of different roles and is the co-head of the Women and Insurance programme. Susan is a board member of IFC client, Coverfox, and an advisor to Eos Venture Fund. Prior to joining IFC, Susan worked at Swiss Re, where she was a Managing Director and Head of Strategy for the reinsurance business worldwide and a member of the executive team. In this capacity she worked on all aspects of life and health and property casualty re/insurance; headed a global team; and led the strategy work for emerging markets and for Fintech. Before Swiss Re, Susan worked in equity research and equity sales covering the insurance industry at UBS, JP Morgan and Paribas. Susan is a British national. She graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford with a degree in modern history. In 2014, Susan completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. She is also an angel investor and advisor to several start-ups.
CEO & President
Legal & General America
Mark Holweger, President and CEO of Legal & General Insurance America, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business, ensuring service excellence, continued distribution expansion and achievement of Legal & General’s digital transformation strategy. Mark joined Legal & General in 2011 and moved to the US business in 2018. He is a director on the boards of Banner Life Insurance Company and William Penn Life Insurance Company of New York. Mark is an Economics Graduate and Chartered Insurer with nearly three decades of experience in the insurance industry and has a strong background with intermediary distribution platforms. Mark previously served as Managing Director, Partnerships for Legal & General Insurance in the UK. That distribution included Life Intermediaries, General Insurance Brokers, Banks, Building Societies and Affinities. He also served as Director of Broker and Intermediary for Legal & General’s General Insurance business. Prior to joining L&G, Mark was co-founder of Coverwise.com, a P&C online international broker which now has more than one million customers. He has also held senior director roles at RSA Insurance Group in the UK, South America, Asia/Middle East, and Eastern Europe, at AXA Insurance UK and at Aviva. Mark and his wife Rachel, and dog Poppy, live in Potomac, MD.
Chairman & Co-Founder
Caribou Honig enjoys pursuing harebrained ideas and supporting the creation of new businesses. He is Chairman & Co-Founder of the InsureTech Connect conference, the largest event of its type, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and innovation executives. He is also co-founder of the HR Transform conference, focused on the impact of technology on the workplace. He previously co-founded QED Investors, a boutique venture capital firm focused on data-driven companies. Caribou and his wife live in Richmond, Virginia with their two children and two occasionally annoying dogs.
CEO & Founder
Rhian Horgan is the Founder and CEO of Kindur, a new-kind of financial company on a mission to reimagine financial wellness for modern retirees. Kindur’s platform offers tailored advice, ETFs and a fixed annuity to deliver a monthly paycheck to retirees. As a sole founder and minority in a male-dominated fintech space, Rhian raised 10 million dollars in Series A funding, including leading fintech and insurtech investors such as Anthemis Group, Point72 Ventures, Clocktower and Inspired Capital. Prior to founding Kindur, Rhian was a Managing Director at JP Morgan Asset Management where she worked for nearly twenty years. In this role, she built and lead the equity derivative and alternative investments business both in the US and internationally.
Information Venture Partners
Toan Huynh is a Venture Partner for Information Venture Partners (informationvp.com), a Toronto-based venture fund with offices in New York focusing on early stage enterprise SaaS for financial services, B2B fintechs and insurtechs. Information VP collaborates with early stage companies to scale with strategic and human capital to achieve growth across North America. Prior to joining the fund, Toan was a co-founder of the global cloud advisory firm Cloud Sherpas, which was acquired by Accenture, where she led the Financial Services and Insurance digital practices. Toan is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for a global financial institution and a mentor for several insurtech incubators.
CEO & Co-Founder
Eduardo Iglesias is the Co-founder and CEO of eColón, the first 100% digital insurance Company in Argentina providing a totally new and online customer experience through the use of a Virtual Assistant. In addition, he is the managing partner of the Latin America Insurance Fund a corporate venture capital fund specialized in Insurtech startups. Mr. Iglesias is one of the pioneers of Insurtech in Latin America and he is Chair of the Harvard Entrepreneur Association for Argentina and member of its International Committee. In 2013 he founded Colon Compañía de Seguros in Argentina, that gained rapid growth and currently has 500.000 insureds. A Bachelor in Business Administration and obtained a Graduate Degree in Business at Harvard University.
CEO & Founder
Rotem Iram is the Co-Founder and CEO of cyber insurance company At-Bay, building commercial insurance for the digital age. With nearly two decades of security experience, Rotem previously served as a Managing Director in the Cyber Security practice of K2 Intelligence. Rotem began his career as a Captain in Israel’s elite Intelligence Unit 8200, and also served as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. Rotem holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Hebrew University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.
VP, North America
With over 20 years’ leadership experience in technology, Kurt Jackson is responsible for ensuring FRISS’ success as a market leader in North America. In his previous roles at IBM, Group 1, Pitney Bowes and GhostDraft, Kurt successfully established and scaled business units, bringing innovative technology to market. Now at FRISS, Kurt continues to help insurers leverage the newest technologies to mitigate risk and prevent fraud. When he’s not helping make insurance more honest, Kurt loves spending time with his college sweetheart-turned-wife and their two children.
Worldwide Financial Services Business and Market Development - Insurance
Tony leads Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) worldwide business and market development efforts for the insurance segment of the Financial Services industry. In this role, Tony is responsible for leading the development and execution of AWS’ strategic initiatives in the life and non-life insurance industries, in reinsurance, and in AWS’ work with large brokers. Tony has close to 20 years’ experience with software and solutions in the financial services industry. Prior to working at AWS, Tony was the managing director of Microsoft’s worldwide insurance industry team, and also led the team’s efforts working with insurance core systems providers. During his time leading the insurance team, he helped guide the transition from on-premise software to cloud-based software, resulting in greater than 240 percent year-over-year cloud growth in insurance vs. 61 percent cloud growth across the company in fiscal year 2017. Before working in the software industry, Tony served as a senior business development executive supporting NASA and Lockheed Martin, including a join government-industry program to develop a next-generation space shuttle. Tony also served as an on-air commentator for NASA television during coverage of three space shuttle science missions. Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Alaska, and an MBA from City University in Seattle, Wash.
Chief Enablement Officer
La Parisienne Assurances
Olivier Jaillon is the Chief Enablement Officer of La Parisienne Assurances, a full digital player, designing P&C white-label traditional and non-traditional insurance solutions across 15 countries in Europe. Olivier is a true high-tech serial entrepreneur: in 1998 he created his own brokerage company, Protegys Group, and the following year launched Assurdiscount.com, the first online insurance site in France. In 2000, he bought La Parisienne Assurances, and in 2003, he created another company to distribute and manage Protegys Group’s contracts and claims, Protegys Courtage. In 2011, he raised 40 million to develop Zags, a software company specializing in full digital back office tools for P&C insurers and set up its headquarters in the USA. Thanks to his various entrepreneurial experiences, Olivier completely rethought the strategy of his Protegys group in 1995, withdrawing from the brokerage business, and refocusing La Parisienne Assurances on innovative insurance products design. In less than 3 years he transformed La Parisienne into a true European Insurtech, agile and fully digital, with a turnover that has since multiplied by 3 to reach €311 million in 2018. Olivier is a graduate of EM Lyon school, and also has a Master’s degree from Bocconi School in International Economics and Management. In 2018 he completed the Leadership and Organizational Change Program at INSEAD.
CEO & Co-Founder
Raution is the Co-founder and CEO of InsuredMine, an Insurtech startup focused on redefining user experience for Agents & Insured by power boosting any Agency Management System, by adding the last mile connectivity to increase customer retention, cross sales and up sales. Prior to co-finding InsuredMine, Raution successfully started two other startups providing consulting services and software development. Raution spent 15 years in the corporate sector as a Finance and Technology consultant strategizing and implementing large scale enterprise solutions with later years in Corporate M&A. Raution’s obsession is customer/user experience; that is well evident with the highly adopted design and development of InsuredMine tools. He draws his inspiration from the likes of Steve Jobs and believes that each action should be max 3 clicks away in App or Agency Portal. He has a very compelling story to share about how he brought the InsuredMine team together and built the ultimate platform for customer experience. Raution lives in Plano, Texas with his family and enjoys coaching his 6-year-old son for chess championships.
Mee-Jung Jang is the Managing Director of the MetLife Digital Accelerator, powered by Techstars. As managing director, she is responsible for selecting insurtech startups and helping them succeed, including through pilot opportunities with MetLife. Prior to Techstars, Mee-Jung was the co-founder and managing director of Jefferson Investors, a seed stage fund investing across a variety of industries. She is also a fellow of the Kauffman Fellows Program, a highly selective fellowship and community for venture capitalists. As the founder and CEO of her own failed startup, she is acutely aware of the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. Mee-Jung has also worked as a quantitative hedge fund analyst at Geode Capital Management with $300B AUM and as a corporate intellectual property attorney at Cleary Gottlieb. She is the author of the book Harvard vs. Seoul National University that went viral in South Korea in 2005. Mee-Jung has a B.A. in computer science and economics from Harvard and a J.D. from Yale.
CEO & Co-Founder
Shift Technology CEO and Co-founder Jeremy Jawish became acutely aware that fraud detection was one area of the insurance industry that was ripe for disruption while working with a leading global insurance company. There, the seed was planted related to how artificial intelligence and advanced data science could be used to better detect fraud in the insurance claims process, leading to even greater claims automation and ultimately customer satisfaction. Jawish, along with co founders Eric Sibony and David Durrleman transformed the idea into reality and now insurers around the world trust Shift’s AI-native solutions to help them solve some of their biggest challenges.
Walter Jin is the Chairman & CEO of Pager, a leading digital health technology and solutions company that connects consumers to the experts that need to make smarter healthcare decisions. Mr. Jin has 25 years of investment and operational experience in healthcare across 30+ companies representing over $5 billion in value creation. Mr. Jin is the co-founder of Three Fields Capital and Pacific Healthcare Management, which act as the investment arm and operating company that manages a portfolio of growth equity and venture capital healthcare investments. Previously, Jin was the co- head of the healthcare group at The Carlyle Group, a healthcare portfolio manager at SAC Capital and an investment banker at Salomon Brothers. Jin is a graduate of Harvard University with a magna cum laude degree in Economics. Mr. Jin currently serves as an executive in residence, advisor and board member to Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Armstrong Institute and also serves as an Innovation Fellows Technical Advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Deputy CEO of P&C Partners
Adrian Jones leads SCOR’s P&C Ventures & Strategic Partnerships activity, which he initiated in 2017. SCOR is the fifth-largest reinsurer and operates in 160 countries. SCOR P&C Ventures forms long-term partnerships with entrepreneurs to develop winning technology-driven insurers, distributors, and risk management solutions. Adrian previously led strategy at SCOR Global P&C and RenaissanceRe. He started his career at Bain & Co. Adrian is a Director of States Title, Inc. and B3i Services AG. He has an MBA from Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree from Wharton, with concentrations in finance and real estate.
SVP Financial Marketing & Corporate Communications
As Senior Vice President (SVP) of Financial Services Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ramon Jones is accountable for driving business growth through marketing and enterprise-wide internal and external communications. During his 19 years at Nationwide, Ramon has held several other leadership roles, including: SVP of Property & Casualty Marketing, Vice President of Western US Insurance Operations, and Chief of Staff for the Office of the CEO. Ramon earned a finance degree from Villanova and an MBA from the Wharton School. He sits on two Boards: Directions for Youth and Family Services and the Foundation Board of the Mt. Carmel Health System.
Chief Information Officer
Vinod Kachroo has 30 years’ experience driving transformation at leading insurance companies like AIG, Prudential and MetLife. He’s the visionary responsible for leading innovation at SE2, to develop a technology platform that’s future-proofed. He’s committed to generating growth and ensuring that all SE2 associates not only fulfill their potential but increase it exponentially. A sought-after speaker, author and futurist, Vinod is not only able to create a vision for innovation, he’s able to take a complex idea all the way through planning and execution. Never satisfied with being a spectator, Vinod is an avid marathon runner. He pushes himself to see how fast and far he can go – rules he applies when he’s revolutionizing technology at insurance companies.
Vice Chairman & CEO
Mr. Kapoor co-founded EXL in April 1999 and has served as the Vice-Chairman and CEO since 2012. Prior to his tenure as CEO, he has held various roles in EXL including CFO, President, and COO. A forward-thinking leader with expertise in identifying industry and market trends, Mr. Kapoor has a proven ability to see what’s next. By dramatically scaling EXL’s investment in areas such as advanced automation, analytics, and artificial intelligence, Mr. Kapoor has transformed EXL into a strategic digital transformation partner. His prescient strategic decisions have positioned EXL for explosive growth employing over 29,000 professionals serving clients across five continents. Mr. Kapoor is the Chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (“NASSCOM”) BPM Council. He serves on the Board of the America India Foundation (AIF), a non-profit organization and served on the Board of CA Technologies.
CEO & Co-Founder
Dror Katzav is the CEO and Co-Founder of Atidot, an insurance technology company working with life insurance providers to optimize their book of business. An experienced data scientist who has consulted for many Israeli startups, Dror holds an M.Sc in Management Sciences and Information Technology from Tel Aviv University. Prior to founding Atidot, Dror spent 11 years as an R&D project manager in a technological unit of the Intelligence Corps for the Israeli Army, and his love of data led to his decision to create Atidot.
Richard Kerr is Chairman and CEO of MarketScout, a Dallas, Texas-based MGA and electronic insurance exchange that presents pre-qualified Certified Market Specialists to its 40,000-member agency network across the US. Mr. Kerr is Founder of the Entrepreneurial Insurance Alliance (EIA), the Council for Insuring Private Clients (CIPC), and MarketScout InsurTech Ventures (MIT). He previously served as CEO of Lambert Fenchurch US Holdings, Chairman of Sedgwick Energy and was President of Sedgwick of Texas.
Richard is an Executive Council member of the Risk Management & Insurance Executive Council Advisory Board of the Florida State University College of Business and serves as a board member for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He is founder of the Kerr Educational Trust and HEROES, a support organization for soldiers returning from active duty.
Head of North America
Julie Kheyfets leads the North America business for Tractable, where she works closely with collision industry players who are adopting Tractable’s industry-leading technology. Her background includes deep industry expertise from her time as a Project Leader with BCG’s Insurance Practice where she led high-impact strategy and innovation projects for top players. She is also a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.
Ryan Kim is CEO of Phyn, the company bringing intelligent water solutions to market that help people protect their homes, conserve water and save money. Prior to Phyn, Ryan served as the vice president of engineering at Belkin, responsible for hardware, firmware, software, quality, and program management. During his tenure at Belkin, Ryan led the vision, architecture and development of the Wemo platform, one of the most recognized and widely adopted brands in the Smart Home category. He is also the author of dozens of patents in and around the IoT space.
Matthew R. Kirk is the Chief Sales & Distribution Officer for Small Commercial. He leads the small commercial sales and distribution organization and is responsible for its sales performance and distribution strategy. He was appointed to this role in 2015. Kirk joined The Hartford in 2006, serving as the senior vice president and director of Government Affairs and leading the company’s engagement with federal and state regulators. In 2012, he became senior vice president of Sales and Distribution for Commercial Markets.
Ed Leon Klinger
Ed is the CEO of Flock, a real-time underwriting platform that uses geospatial data such as location, hyperlocal weather, traffic conditions and population density to price and sell smart, episodic insurance products. Flock’s ‘pay-as-you-fly’ insurance policies (underwritten by Allianz) now cover over 30% of the UK drone market. Ed’s background is in academia; he obtained two Masters degrees from Oxford and Cambridge University at the Engineering and Business Schools, where he published research on the nature of real-time risks in an autonomous world.
Jacqueline Lesage Krause
Munich Re Ventures
Jacqueline is the Managing Director of Munich Re Ventures, investing and partnering with innovative companies to develop growth opportunities for Munich Re, including its subsidiaries HSB and ERGO. Jacqueline serves on the board of directors of Trov and Augury, and is a board observer of Slice, Helium, and Forge Global. Jacqueline has 20+ years of experience creating the future in companies large and small, as a start-up founder, venture capital investor, corporate innovation leader, and management consultant. Previously, she was VP of Innovation & Corporate Venture Capital at The Hartford, where her team received Global Corporate Venturing’s award for Best Practices in Financial Services for their unique approach to combining investing and incubation. She is an inventor on a number of patents related to new technologies and business models in insurance. Jacqueline holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.
CEO & Founder
Jack Kudale, a 25-year enterprise software veteran, founded Cowbell Cyber in 2019 with an aim to make enterprises more insurable in cyber liability. Previously, at CA Technologies for 16 years as an executive in charge of distribution for distributed software globally, he also led 3 venture-backed silicon valley cybersecurity and data analytics startups in various executive roles as CEO of Lacework, COO of Cavirin, and CRO of SnapLogic. He also served as board advisor to Redlock which was recently sold to Palo Alto networks for $173m. Jack is an avid student of emotional intelligence and serves as a governing board member of Brighter Children, a non-profit organization.
MHP - a Porsche Company
Tanja Kufner is a Partner at dynamics, the innovation hub and startup matchmaker powered by the Porsche subsidiary MHP. With more than 20 years of experience in the startup and venture capital space, and having invested in over 100 companies to date, she was named one of the 50 most influential women in the startup and venture capital sector by EU-Startups in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Before founding dynamics, she was Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Berlin with a focus on Smart Transportation & Energy, where she guided companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Airbus, Cisco, here, Vinci, Kühne + Nagel, SBB, EnBW and DB on their innovation journey. Tanja Kufner holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Reichen Kuhl is a Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a nine-year Air Force veteran, a flight instructor, an attorney member of the State Bar of California, a published author, and now the co-founder and CEO of LeaseLock, a company that is revolutionizing residential leasing across the U.S. LeaseLock uses insurance and technology to eliminate the single largest source of friction related to a residential lease transaction–security deposits, helping the multifamily industry convert more leases, drive more revenue, and eliminate rent payment loss, property damage liability, costs for physical damage, and other lease-end expenses.
Andy Kurtzig is the founder and CEO of JustAnswer, a website that leverages AI to connect people with verified experts who can answer their questions. According to the Voice Report, JustAnswer’s chatbot is one of the highest-volume and most monetized chatbots in the world. Prior to JustAnswer, Kurtzig founded and later sold eBenefits, a cloud-based Human Resources application. Before that, Kurtzig developed and sold ANSER, a software program for the newspaper industry. Kurtzig has been recognized as “One of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs” by the San Francisco Business Times and one of Goldman Sachs “Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.”
Vincenzo La Ruffa
Aquiline Capital Partners
Vincenzo is a Partner and Head of Financial Technology at Aquiline Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York and London focused on investing in financial services. Vincenzo serves on the firm’s commitment committee and the investment committee of Aquiline Technology Growth. Prior to joining Aquiline in 2014, he was Managing Director of Susquehanna Growth Equity, a private equity group he co-founded that focuses on financial technology and software. He earned degrees in classics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Heidi is a sought-after insurance lawyer for her uncommon international business perspective as an industry insider and reputation as a trusted legal advisor. She believes in partnering with clients to find strategic solutions and identify ways to advance their business objectives. Heidi leads global insurers, capital providers, insurtech innovators, brokers, businesses and major sports franchises through insurance product innovation, coverage dispute resolution and investigation management.
VP, Senior Pricing Actuary, Actuarial & Data Science
Passion for telling a story with data to help us make better decisions. Experienced in providing insights to cross-functional teams that drives collaboration and inclusion.
Member of the Board of Management & CEO Allianz Automotive
Claudius Leibfritz is the CEO of Allianz Automotive and thereby responsible for the global automotive business of Allianz. In addition, he is a member of the Management Board of Allianz Partners. Prior to this, Claudius was managing several regional groups of Allianz. Before joining Allianz, he spent more than ten years at Boston Consulting Group conducting and heading various international projects. Claudius holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Berne in Switzerland and a Master’s degree from Tuebingen University in Germany.
IA Capital Group
Andy is the Managing Partner of IA Capital Group, a New York-based insurtech-focused venture capital firm. With seven current funds plus its fully-exited first fund, IA Capital is the longest-tenured and most experienced VC firm with a primary focus on insurtech. Director of Homeowners of America Insurance, SMArtX, Ceannate, Credibility Capital, SmartAsset, Wellthie, Crown Global Insurance, Credit Sesame, Boost Insurance, and Gainfully. BSE Princeton, MBA Wharton.
Founder & Chief Product Strategist
Jon Lincoln began his InsurTech career in 2010 when he joined etfile, one of the insurance industry’s leading providers of document management, as VP of Business Development. By 2015 a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship led him to the launch of Veruna, the only complete agency management system built on the Salesforce platform. Jon was named a “Top 10 InsurTech Leader of 2017” by ACORD and is focused on helping independent insurance agencies leverage new technology for growth. Veruna has since gained prominence in the insurance industry with recognition as the 2016 ACORD “Innovation of the Year”
CEO & Founder
Jen is the Founder and CEO of Fenris Inc, a next gen platform of data and analytic services that re-purposes unique and proprietary data sets to improve insurance application, quoting, and underwriting processes. Her previous startup ventures include DriveFactor (now CCC Drive) and Elephant Auto Insurance, as Director of Marketing. Previously VP of New Markets for Allianz Worldwide Partners, Jen’s experience with insurance large and small has given her an understanding of the status quo and current obstacles, and fed her need to question why and how it can be improved upon.
McKinsey & Company
Johannes leads McKinsey’s work in digital insurance in Europe, working with global leading institutions to meet the challenges of the changing industry. His work comprises large-scale digitally enabled business model transformations, including digitizing the customer journey, developing and amplifying the customer-service experience, and building digital capabilities along the insurance value chain – for incumbents and insurtechs alike. Johannes also drives McKinsey’s Digital QuotientTM solution in Europe, an assessment that allows organizations to clearly identify their digital strengths and weaknesses across different lines of business, and benchmark their scores against a global cohort.
COO, Direct Response Channel
Plymouth Rock Assurance
Tom Lyons is the Chief Operations Officer of the Direct Response Channel for the Plymouth Rock Management Company of New Jersey. He is responsible for all aspects of Plymouth Rock Assurance’s auto direct‐to‐consumer marketing and sales efforts, marketing analytics activities, and inbound and outbound Sales Center operations. Before assuming his current position, Tom served as Plymouth Rock’s Vice President of Direct Sales where he led the enterprise‐wide Sales Center and oversaw relationships with the company’s alternate distribution partners.
Director, Business Development
New York Life Ventures
Sean leads NYL Ventures’ Business Development Team. In this capacity, Sean and his team are responsible for sourcing strategically relevant startups for introduction, proof of concept testing, and partnership development with NYL’s various operating units. Prior to joining NYL Ventures, Sean spent seven years with Eagle Strategies LLC, New York Life’s wholly owned Registered Investment Advisor, where he held a variety of roles including Head of Operations & Service. Sean earned a BA in Economics from Emory University and is currently an MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School.
Americas Insurance Advisory Leader
Ed is a partner in EY’s Financial Services Organization with more than 26 years of experience focused on diversified financial services organizations, with particular emphasis on global and national insurance enterprises. Ed is EY’s Insurance Sector Leader for the Americas and is responsible for EY’s advisory businesses, markets and clients in this region. He has been responsible to oversee and perform a wide range of services to global and national financial services organizations, business advisory, strategy, regulatory matters, internal control, finance improvement, risk mitigation and transactions. He has also served as the lead client service partner for some of our firm’s largest insurance and financial services clients. Ed is a Board Member and Past President of the Society of Insurance Financial Management. He is a CPA, a member of the AICPA, and graduated from St. Peter’s University.
Chief Innovation Officer
Mutual of Omaha
Niki Manby is Chief Innovation Officer at Mutual of Omaha, and has over 15 years of global financial services experience. She was previously Chief Operating Officer of Citi Ventures, the corporate venturing and innovation group at Citi. She joined Citi from Visa Inc. where she held a range of leadership roles in emerging product, corporate strategy, and innovation based in San Francisco and Singapore. Manby has degrees from UCLA and Yale, where she serves on the Entrepreneurship Board.
Kirstin Marr is President of Valen Analytics, directing all aspects of the company’s daily operations. Prior to becoming president, Marr served as Valen’s Chief Marketing Officer. For six years, she led market strategy, brand awareness, innovative thought leadership, and direct marketing. Her efforts established Valen as a pioneer in predictive analytics for insurers focused on improving performance and meeting customer demands for transparency, responsiveness and fairness in risk management and business operations. Marr earned her Masters of Arts, International Communication from the University of Denver, and her BA from California State University
UDoTest is a software delivery platform designed to definitively identify risk while activating a personalized consumer screening experience at-home. UDoTest serves global insurers, laboratories and employers. In 2018 Allison served as one of two fellows at the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Innovation Lab in Washington DC where she was involved in transformational healthcare projects with payers. Several awards and recognition from companies like Genentech, Frost and Sullivan, Quest Diagnostics and Discovery Health / Vitality brought UDoTest to the U.S in 2017. In 2013, UDoTest introduced the first at-home test for women avoiding their Pap smears in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to UDoTest, Allison was the CEO of a successful technology company. In her career, Allison has also lead global telecommunications companies in Shanghai and Silicon Valley. Allison has been interviewed by news channels, by clinical cable TV networks, popular morning shows, radio personalities and has appeared in or been quoted in articles relating to disease prevention, HPV, access and UDoTest’s dynamic platform.
Maschmeyer Group Ventures
Carsten Maschmeyer is a German entrepreneur, investor, speaker, bestselling-author, and panel-member of the German TV-show equivalent of “Shark Tank”. All of his investment activities are combined under the strategic umbrella of the Maschmeyer Group. With his venture capital fund ALSTIN, he invests in growth stage companies in AI, Blockchain, Cyber-security, InsureTech and IOT. His early stage fund seed&speed provides seed investments to startups with business models driven by software, technology, and often a B2C focus. With Paladin Asset Management he identifies undervalued publicly listed organisations. Carsten also invests in the US, Mexico and Israel through MGV | Maschmeyer Group Ventures. He is a father of two sons and married to the German actress Veronica Ferres.
CEO & Founder
Jonathan Matus is founder and CEO of Zendrive, a mission-driven company, working to make roads safer with data and analytics. Powered by the world’s largest data set of more than 180 billion mobile driving miles, Zendrive uses AI and machine learning to improve fleet safety and help insurers accelerate their digital transformation. Zendrive’s patented algorithms and precise insights help fleets reduce collision risk by 49%, adding millions to their bottom line. World-class insurers rely on Zendrive to price risk in real-time, dramatically improving their combined ratios with cutting-edge offerings. Zendrive has 10’s of millions of users and partners spread across every continent, including: GM OnStar, Verizon, Ford, Audi, BMW, Domino’s, Grupo Sura, Progressive Insurance, AXA XL, and more. Prior to Zendrive, Jonathan spent six years at Facebook and Google, focused on various mobile and speech recognition projects. At Google, Jonathan was one of the early members of the Android team, helping to drive its growth to the best-selling mobile platform. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an Honors thesis on Artificial Intelligence. Jonathan lives in San Francisco.
SVP, Strategic Resources & Initiatives
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB)
Cheryl Matochik is Senior Vice President of Strategic Resources & Initiatives at The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) in Washington D.C. Cheryl has been recognized throughout her 15-year career at CIAB for leveraging her in-depth knowledge of the global insurance marketplace and the U.S. policy/regulatory landscape to catalyze “out of the box” approaches to engaging and enhancing retail brokers understanding of insurtech, cyber risk and the changing world of employee benefits consulting and healthcare.
Insurance Divisional President
NTT Data Services
Scott McConnell is president of NTT DATA Services’ insurance business, part of NTT DATA, a top 10 global business and IT services provider. With more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, McConnell partners with clients to drive innovation and dramatic improvement in services to digitally transform their businesses. Through various roles and working with a wide variety of insurance clients, McConnell has expertise in business operations and technology to help drive business growth. Prior to joining NTT DATA Services, McConnell led the operations consulting practice for Cognizant and was responsible for creating process improvement through the application of lean technology interventions, such as robotics and machine learning. He has held various leadership roles with Genpact, Ernst & Young, EDS and IBM. McConnell earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in industrial engineering from the University of Miami, as well as a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Christopher is President of The Institutes RiskStream Collaborative, an industry-led consortium collaborating to unlock the business potential of blockchain and other insurtech technologies across the insurance industry. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, with varied projects and management roles including organizational transformation, process improvement, roadmap development, PMO and all facets of operations and technology. He also has extensive experience in the P&C, reinsurance, and life and annuity sectors. Christopher has a Bachelor of Sciences degree and Master of Business Administration from Keller Business School.
InForce Portfolio Manager
Jennie is Senior Vice President with Swiss Re in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As an In Force Portfolio Manager she has responsibilities for enhancing the value of the Americas Life & Health in force portfolio through the creation and delivery of solutions that meet clients’ needs. Prior roles included responsibilities across the L&H reinsurance value chain, from costing through valuation. Jennie is the leader of the Society of Actuary’s (SOA) In Force Management Subgroup. She is a past SOA Board Member, having had responsibilities for leadership development, professional development and strategy. Additional SOA volunteer roles have included work on sections, professional development, research, and participation in two Strategic Planning Task Forces. She also serves as a member of Portico Benefit Services’ Board of Trustees. Jennie was named one of Intelligent Insurer’s 35 Rising Stars of 2017 and was a recipient of a 2017 SOA Presidential Award. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Iowa and her bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University.
Director, Criteria - Credit Rating Criteria Research & Analytics
Maura McGuigan is a Director on the Credit Rating Criteria team at AM Best. In her role, Maura is responsible for the application, maintenance and review of Best’s Credit Rating Methodology (BRM) and the related criteria procedures within rating analytics, as well as for the development of new criteria. Prior to joining AM Best in 2016, Maura spent over 25 years at various credit rating agencies. Maura was a Vice President/Senior Credit Officer in the Public Finance Housing Department at Moody’s Investors Service for 13 years and she also worked at FitchRatings as a Senior Director for over 10 years managing the Public Finance Housing Group. In these roles Maura was responsible for rating activity and research on mortgage backed securities, as well as the development of housing related rating criteria. She also served as rating committee chair for various sectors within the public finance industry. Maura has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware majoring in International Relations.
Global Insurance Director, Industry Academy Member
Mark McLaughlin is IBM’s Global Insurance Director, leading IBM’s Global Insurance strategy, solutions, and partnerships. Mark’s teams analyze trends in the insurance business and in technology, predict strategies for insurers, and build IBM insurance solutions to meet insurer needs. Mark shares IBM’s point-of-view on insurance with business leaders, regulators, and conference audiences worldwide. He is a 25-year veteran of the insurance industry.
McKinsey & Company
Chris McShea is a Partner in the Insurance Practice of McKinsey & Company. For more than 20 years, he has focused on helping clients innovate with advanced analytics. Working at the intersection of strategy and analytics, Chris has supported the development of pragmatic solutions that blend emerging capabilities with the realities of the client’s competitive environment. Chris’ assignments have spanned the entire value chain as well as industry ecosystems. Earlier in his career, Chris was a senior partner at E&Y and a partner at Deloitte & Touche, focused on analytics. Chris is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University.
Pascal Millaire is the CEO of CyberCube, an InsureTech firm dedicated to providing data-driven cyber underwriting and aggregation management analytics to the global insurance industry. The CyberCube platform was established in 2015 by Symantec to apply the cyber security company’s unique sources of data to cyber insurance analytics and now operates as a standalone venture-backed company. Previously, Pascal was President of a hotel software company and spent 7 years at McKinsey where he served companies in the insurance industry. Pascal holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Stuart Miller serves as Executive Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Lennar Corporation. He was CEO from 1997 until 2018. He serves on numerous boards and committees including FivePoint Holdings and States Title Board of Directors. He is a Past Chairman of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Policy Advisory Board. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami and the UHealth Board of Directors. He is the Co-Chairman of the Miami Dolphins Foundation. Stuart also joined the Board of Directors of Builder Homesite, Inc. He joined Lennar after graduating from the University of Miami Law School in 1982.
Erik Mitisek is an innovative change maker and the President of Imagine Analytics, the first open data platform for commercial insurance. With over 20 years experience leading companies from inception to market differentiating products, Erik knows connected data has the power to create massive value for insurance. An experienced Founder and CEO, Erik has led the development of the business, strategy, fundraising, and product for high-growth companies in the music, real estate, financial services, and online travel industries. After several years incubating in one of the top 10 brokerages, he brings his penchant for innovative product to insurance with Imagine.
Chief Analytics Officer
Bin Mu is the Chief Analytics Officer at Brighthouse Financial (Established by Metlife). He has been in the data and analytics field for more than 25 years, and have held numerous executive positions across different industries, including MetLife, Cigna, Deloitte, and Limited Brands. Bin Mu is also a competitive marathoner and triathlete.
Head of Claims Shared Services
Tim Murray is the Head of Claims Shared Services for Farmers Insurance® and has been in the position since 2018. Murray has served in a number of Claims related roles over the years and has more than 18 years of experience in the insurance industry. As the Head of Claims Shared Services for Farmers, Murray is responsible for leading the business units that provide services to the Claims organization and its customers, including the Claims Contact Centers, Claims Support Services, the National Document Center, Special Investigations Unit, Strategic Initiatives, Subrogation and the Claims training component of the University of Farmers®.
Carey Anne Nadeau
CEO & Founder
Carey Anne Nadeau is a MIT-trained entrepreneur, focused on modernizing the measurement of risk. Formerly a Researcher at the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute, Carey Anne went on to found ODN (ODNsure.com), which uses location-based driving data and open data to predict where car crashes are likely and help auto insurance carriers and city Vision Zero Initiatives prevent crashes and save lives. She is the podcast host of the Golfcour.se a modern forum for business conversations in insurance, distributed by Insurance Nerds.
Executive Officer and Group Chief Digital Officer
Koichi is responsible for the creation of new experiences in the safety, security, and health of SOMPO customers by leveraging advanced digital technologies. Prior to joining SOMPO, Koichi led several start-ups as COO or CEO, including Midokura Corporation, UBIP, IP Infusion, ACCESS CO., LTD, and Lineo, Inc. In addition, spent 17 years at Mitsubishi Corporation driving global IT business development and strategic investments in the broadband/wireless market.
Director, Business Risk & Insurance
Loren Nickel is a director at Google and heads the business risk and insurance team which is responsible for all Alphabet companies. Loren’s team provides risk advisory, captive management, insurance placement, and analytical support to Alphabet. He joined Google/Alphabet in April 2015. Loren has twenty-three years of experience in the risk and insurance industry, including fifteen years as an actuary and four years as an underwriting manager with Aon and Allianz. He has been called on to explain in-depth actuarial, risk management, and underwriting concepts to a variety of audiences around the globe including CEO’s, CFO’s, Executive/Managing Directors and Risk Managers. He is a six year past-President of the Casualty Actuaries of the Bay Area and is on the advisory board for the UC Santa Barbara actuarial program, George Mason University Chief Risk Officer Advisory Council and the Insurance Thought Leadership corporation. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and Charterholder of the CFA Institute. Loren is a 2011 Business Insurance – Innovation of the Year Award Recipient and in 2017 he was named the Risk Manager of the Year by RIMS.
Scale Venture Partners
Alex has over a decade of experience in advising and investing in early and growth stage software startups. At ScaleVP, Alex focuses on opportunities in business software (marketing, sales, HR, finance) and vertical software (financial services, commerce, etc). He is a Board Director at KeepTruckin and a Board Observer at Root Insurance, DroneDeploy, and Forter.Prior to joining ScaleVP in 2013, Alex was at Crosslink Capital where he worked on investments in Bleacher Report (acquired by Turner) and Flurry (acquired by Yahoo). Prior to Crosslink, Alex was at investment bank Montgomery & Co. providing advisory services to Internet and software clients. Some of his clients included Club Penguin, MySpace, and LegalZoom.Alex holds a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco and can be found in a body of water most weekends, whether pool, ocean, lake, or bay.
Trevor is the President of Inside Ventures, a technology-enabled marketing company that helps large brands acquire new customers through online marketing and inside sales. We generate clicks, calls, and leads with a focus on the consumer insurance industries. Prior to Inside Ventures, Trevor worked at Deloitte Consulting and Five Elms Capital. Trevor received an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Kansas.
Managing Partner and the Head of Investments
Tusk Venture Partners
Jordan Nof is a Managing Partner and the Head of Investments at Tusk Venture Partners, where he oversees all aspects of the firm’s venture capital investment practice and is a member of the Investment Committee. Jordan manages Tusk Venture Partners LP and has led many of the Fund’s capital investments including Lemonade, Bird, Alma, and Sunday. He currently serves on the board of directors of Alma and Sunday. Prior to Tusk Venture Partners, Jordan spent six years as a Director at Blackstone, where he focused on the development of the firm’s corporate venture capital portfolio.
Head of Cyber Centre of Excellence for International and Global Specialties
Based in London, Ms. O’Brien leads the Cyber Centre of Excellence for International and Global Specialties, working with the client teams to support all strategy, product development, education and emerging risk issues for cyber internationally.
Ms. O’Brien has a deep background in the financial services and cyber sectors which she draws upon to support the development of innovative strategies and products as cyber risks continue to emerge and new solutions are required to address these.
In October of 2018, Ms. O’Brien joined Guy Carpenter from Marsh where she held numerous senior positions, including: National Placement and Advisory Head for Financial Institutions for Marsh FINPRO New York; Head of the Marsh London Financial Services team; Client Service Director for Marsh FINPRO London and most recently Marsh UK Cyber Placement Leader and Product Development Team Leader. Her time in New York coincided with the Global Financial Crisis and she worked with a number of the largest banks in the US through acquisition, divestiture, bankruptcy and regulatory seizure.
CEO & Founder
Adelaide Odhiambo is a leading insurance expert, experienced in designing, developing and managing both conventional and micro insurance products. An actuarial science graduate of the University of Nairobi, Adelaide launched her career in the insurance industry where she went on to work with top brands designing innovative insurance products for them. She has developed her 15years expertise on Insurance-related issues having worked with top brands including Airtel, Jubilee Insurance, APA and Barclays globally. An inherent creative, Adelaide founded Bluewave insurance in 2016, a start-up Insurance company that creates innovative Micro insurance solutions for the mass market that are accessible and affordable. By providing Micro insurance products accessible through mobile technology, Bluewave is disrupting the Insurance industry and serving underserved markets that have yet to be addressed by insurance companies because they tend not to focus on the low-income earners. As a result Bluewave seeks to play a key role in improving Insurance uptake and penetration in Kenya, then Africa which is currently at 3% and 6 %respectively.
CAO - Chief Administrative Offices
Economist from Universidad de Los Andes with a diploma in Marketing from Universidad del Norte and a M.Sc Development Management from the London School of Economics. Currently, I am the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Grupo SURA, and, as such, I am also de CRO of the holding company. I have served in the National Government of Colombia as Secretary of National Planning, Secretary for Social Prosperity and Deputy Secretary of Tourism. I was also the Executive Director of the Fundación Probarranquilla (Investment Promotion Agency of Barranquilla) and the Port Association of Barranquilla, as well as an economic researcher at Fundesarrollo, a think tank for the Caribbean Region of Colombia. I have been a member of various Boards of Directors both in the public and private sector in the areas of finance, oil and gas, energy, and social non-governmental organizations.
Ed Ossie serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Majesco since January 2015. In this role he is responsible for driving the company’s growth strategy, key operational initiatives and corporate development. Ed has over 25 years of international experience serving high-growth technology companies, spending the last 20 years in chief operating and chief executive roles. Prior to joining Majesco, Ed was Vice President and Director at Corum Group, a Global M&A Advisory firm focused on the Technology segment. In this role he advised a number of high-growth technology teams on how they might win, shape and scale their operations to create impact and options for their future. During this same time period he also served on the Majesco Executive Advisory Board. Before Corum Group, Ed served in a variety of roles at Innovation Group PLC from 2001-2010 such as Group President, Chief Operating Officer Technology and Executive Director. Prior to 2001, along with his investment partner the Halifax Capital Group he led the sale of MTW Corporation to Innovation Group as MTW CEO. Earlier in his career he spent several years at Texas Instruments and was Division Manager and Vice President for the Software Group, which grew from start-up to 1300 people in 5 years. Ed graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University and attended select Executive Programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business, such as the Executive Program for Growing Companies and the 2011 Directors Consortium.
CEO & Co-Founder
Hicham is Co-Founder and CEO of Enigma, a New York-based data and technology company. Enigma transforms disparate, tabular data into rich representations of real-world relationships, providing a trusted source of intelligence about people, places and companies to the Fortune 500. Prior to Enigma, Hicham managed the private sustainable finance program at BMCE Bank, in partnership with the World Bank Group, where he created energy models for large-scale alternative energy projects across Africa. Hicham began his career at an energy fund in Dallas, Texas. Hicham received a B.A. from Columbia University, where he studied Philosophy and Mathematics.
Chief Opperating Officer
Zac Overbay is the Chief Operating Officer at Woodruff Sawyer, one of the largest independently owned insurance brokerage and risk consulting firms in the U.S. He spends much of his time thinking about technology and innovation to shape the customer and employee experience for Woodruff Sawyer. He believes advancements in data & analytics, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology will drive the future of brokerage operations and risk decision-making. Zac holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics, MBA concentrated in information systems, and the CPCU, RPLU, RIMS Fellow, and ARM designations.
Pace co-founded Auth0 in early 2013 with CTO and “brother-in-arms” Matias Woloski while living 7,000 miles apart from each other. Since then, Pace has played an instrumental role in growing Auth0 into a leading identity management company that is loved by developers and trusted by global enterprises. With more than 5,500 customers spanning 70 countries, and securing 2.5 billion logins per month, Auth0 is a trusted global brand that is relied upon for making identity simple and protecting the data of its customers and their users. Pace has spent his entire professional career easing the developer journey by creating industry-standard tools, content, and services for cloud-based computing, mobility, and identity. Prior to Auth0, he spent more than a decade at Microsoft, leading product management and engineering teams that provided architecture guidance and services that increased developer joy.
VP and Client Partner
Chief Product & Marketing Officer
Michael Park joined EagleView as the Chief Product and Marketing Officer in January 2019. In this position, he oversees all Product and Marketing teams to accelerate growth and innovation, leading the company towards computer vision and SaaS solutions. Prior to his role at EagleView, Michael served as the General Manager and Global Head of Emerging Compute Solutions at HP Inc., and was formerly the Corporate Vice President, Server & Tools Division at Microsoft Corporation.
Partnership Fund for New York City
Sunny is a Vice President at the Partnership Fund for New York City, a $170 million venture capital fund founded by Henry Kravis. As an evergreen fund, all of the Fund’s profits are reinvested in other New York organizations that catalyze the growth of new industries and open opportunities for all New Yorkers. As part of his role at the Partnership Fund, Sunny leads the FinTech Innovation Lab, where growth-stage technology companies collaborate with senior executives from 43 leading insurance companies and financial institutions. Previously, Sunny was Director of Strategy & Finance at RedVision, a real estate technology company sold to First American. Prior to RedVision, Sunny was part of the investment team at Updata Partners focusing on growth-equity technology companies. Sunny began his career as an Investment Banker at ThinkEquity Partners. He is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
CEO & Founder
Dan Peate is the Founder and General Partner of Peate Ventures, and has also founded two Insurtech companies – Avinew and Hixme. He is the CEO of Avinew, which is focused on reinventing auto insurance for semi-autonomous vehicles. He served as the CEO of Hixme and previously worked at Aon and Arthur J. Gallagher. He sits on the boards of Avinew, CardiacDirect and BOOM! Studios. Dan sits on nonprofit and charitable boards including the University of Notre Dame Campaign Cabinet and helped start The Peate Institute for Entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Senior Vice President
Michael Peri is a Senior Vice President at NFP Ventures, where he focuses on deal souring, market research, and due diligence efforts. Michael has extensive knowledge and understanding in venture strategy, product development, and analytics. He is a board observer for Axio, Vivante Health, and Wellth. Prior to joining NFP, Michael was the Vice President of Product & Analytics at Zest Health (now Yaro) where he led product strategy and development. At Zest, his efforts focused on creating and operationalizing Zest’s new product strategy through partnerships with FinTech and InsurTech leaders. Michael joined Zest from Erie Family Health Center where was the Manager of New Venture Strategy & Operations, his efforts focused on managed care, acquisitions, and innovative consumer technologies. Michael came to Erie from CouponDoc where he was a founding team member and participant in Healthbox, a startup accelerator created by Sandbox Industries. Michael started his career as a researcher at The University of Iowa where he focused on behavioral neuroscience and economics. Michael holds a Master of Science in Analytics from The University of Chicago, a Master of Science from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Iowa.
General Manager of Insurance
Jaimie Pickles is the general manager of Jornaya’s fast-growing insurance business. Prior to Jornaya, Jaimie pioneered and led multiple online and mobile advertising companies, including InsWeb Corporation – the first online insurance marketplace, We Speak Insurance – the first insurance call generation company, and Canal Partner LLC – advisor and investor in early-stage marketing and advertising technology companies. Jaimie holds the CPCU and ARM insurance designations and has a BS from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
CEO & President
William Pieroni is President and CEO of ACORD. Prior to his appointment in 2016, Mr. Pieroni served as the Global COO of Marsh and was responsible for the firm’s global operations. Additionally, he was the CTO across the Risk and Insurance Segment. Prior to joining Marsh, Mr. Pieroni was SVP in the Office of the Chairman at State Farm. Prior to that, he served as Aon’s Global CIO with responsibility for operations across retail, wholesale and reinsurance brokerage. His extensive insurance and financial services background also includes GM of IBM’s insurance business, a partner at Accenture and consultant with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Pieroni earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting with University Honors & Distinction from the University of Illinois. He also received his M.B.A. with Highest Distinction, and was named a Baker Scholar from Harvard University School of Business Administration.
Board Member and Senior Advisor
Lisa Pollina is an Investment Banking executive and Board member who has negotiated over $50 Billion in corporate development deals throughout her career. She serves on the Senior Advisory Board for Oliver Wyman (NYSE: MMC), advises the Board of Directors of Northwestern Mutual as a member of the Policy Owners Examining Committee (POEC), and provides private equity advisory on investments in multiple aspects of the financial services sector worldwide. She is the past Vice Chairman for RBC Capital Markets, a $5 Billion division of the Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY), and the Global Financial Institutions (FIG) Executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE: BAC). Prior to Bank of America, Pollina was an appointed executive in a JP Morgan private equity investment portfolio company, completing a successful IPO. Named one of the ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance’ by American Banker magazine, she is a current appointee to the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States’ Working Group on Global Markets. During the tenure of President George W. Bush (43), Ms. Pollina represented the United States at various NATO-related meetings in Europe and Washington. More recently, she has been a regular attendee at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. A published author and speaker, Ms. Pollina is a MBA graduate from the Yale School of Management and has taught strategy at Yale and corporate finance at the University of Chicago.
Dan Preston is the CEO of Metromile, a leading insurtech using data science and machine learning to disrupt the $250 billion U.S. auto insurance industry. It’s building a loyal community of drivers who come for substantive savings and stay for an unmatched experience. Through the company’s Enterprise Business group, Metromile licenses its innovative Customer Experience, Fraud Detection, and AI platform to insurers around the globe. In August, 2018 the company secured a $90 million Series E investment led by Tokio Marine and Intact. Prior to joining Metromile, Dan was the co-founder and CTO of AisleBuyer, a mobile retail innovator that was acquired by Intuit in April 2012.
Global Digital & Platform Manager
Srinivas Pulijala is a Senior IT Architect with Munich Re group supporting primary insurance system needs for their Innovation and Specialty Insurance Business Units. He has over 15 years of delivery experience within the Financial industry through a combination of consulting and strategy support roles. Currently, his responsibilities include supporting Munich Re’s global digital insurance platform, solution architecture and strategy development. He has been actively involved with multiple InsureTech & innovation initiatives within Munich Re over the past 4 years.
Bobby is the founder and CEO of Raven Spatial. He is a US Air Force veteran with a background in unmanned aviation and Geographic Information Systems. Bobby piloted UAVs
for the US Navy’s Special Surveillance Program between 2012 and 2014. Bobby volunteers in NASA’s electronic vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) working group, where he’s helping integrate unmanned systems in the national airspace system. Bobby received his A.S. in Avionics and A.S. in Meteorology from the Community College of the Air Force; B.S. in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle; and is working on an M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology from USC.
Chief Innovation Officer, Insurance Business
Dr. Rachlin is currently the Chief Innovation Office for the Property & Casualty Business Unit for Capgemini. In this role, he is responsible for managing all aspects of the firm’s relationships with P&C clients including direct oversight of three significant core system replacement initiatives. He is also active in practice development surrounding Capgemini solutions, which support underwriting and product management transformation and predictive analytics. Dr. Rachlin has twenty-five years’ experience building and advising companies in the insurance, technology and business services sectors. He has also advised numerous software, service, and hardware providers in the business application; data management; security, network and data center infrastructure; and information integration spaces.
Jonathan Rawling is the CFO of yallacompare. Prior to joining the online comparison site, Jonathan spent 20 years working in the insurance industry in the UK, Switzerland, Australia, the Middle East and Turkey. He was Audit Director at Zurich, and, most recently, was CFO for Zurich in the Middle East and Turkey. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Certified Insurance Professional, and holds an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.
A member of Hamilton’s founding management team, Kathleen Reardon has decades of (re)insurance industry experience. From 2005 to 2012, Kathleen served as Chief Underwriting Officer SVP for ACE Tempest Re Bermuda’s International Property Catastrophe reinsurance business. She has held a variety of actuarial and underwriting roles since launching her career in 1994. Kathleen is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She is the Co-founder and Chair of Women in Reinsurance in Bermuda, and served as Secretary-Treasurer for the Reinsurance Association of America
CEO & Co-Founder
In a 20+ year career, Devin Redmond has focused building technologies that solve digital communication risk and compliance challenges for regulated industries. This includes products and companies built to address email, social media, and video communication compliance. Devin has conducted hundreds of speaking engagements at events as well as multiple national and international news appearances
Ross Reichardt is a Product Manager at Arity, which is a technology company founded by The Allstate Corporation that provides data science and insight solutions for customers across the globe. Most recently, Ross was a Senior Product Designer on the Allstate User Experience & Design Team leading design efforts across multiple lines of business. Additionally, Ross spent time at the Xerox Corporation as well as the Milwaukee Division of HIDTA (High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) disrupting and dismantling narcotics trafficking into the Midwest. Ross holds a Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University.
Phillip Reynolds is the CEO and co-founder of BriteCore. Phil holds a B.S. from Missouri State University, a certificate in “Leading Change in Complex Organizations” from MIT, and received the “Governor’s Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Phil speaks frequently on organizational design and technological innovation for P&C carriers. Under his leadership, BriteCore has placed on the Inc. 5000 list multiple times and was awarded the Best In Class Impact Award from AITE. BriteCore has also placed on Insight Success’ 10 Best Performing Software Solutions and CIO Review’s 20 Most Promising Insurance Technology Providers.
Chief Strategy Officer
Jim Richards is the Chief Strategy Officer of Annexus, a company that develops and distributes innovative insurance-based retirement products. Annexus partners with Nationwide and other leading insurance carriers, as well as various Wall Street firms, to deliver solutions that help Americans protect and grow their retirement income. Jim is Managing Partner of Annexus Ventures which provides support to fintech companies that demonstrate potential to disrupt financial services through personalized “best interest” planning solutions and digital “real time” business execution.
Chief Digital Officer
Sean Ringsted is Chief Digital Officer at Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company and the largest commercial insurer in the U.S.
Mr. Ringsted leads Chubb’s digital efforts aimed at transforming the company into a digitally integrated organization. The initiatives involve all areas that produce and support Chubb’s business into a digital environment, including underwriting, sales and service functions that touch policyholders, prospective customers, distribution and internal operations and technology.
In addition to his role as Chief Digital Officer, Mr. Ringsted has served as the company’s Chief Risk Officer since 2008, prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in 2016.
CEO & President
The Hanover Insurance Company
Jack is a highly experienced leader with more than 30 years of property and casualty experience. Under his leadership, The Hanover is building on its unique position as a leading property and casualty company with broad, innovative and high-quality capabilities delivered through a select network of the best independent agents. In addition to his role at The Hanover, Jack serves on the boards of The Institutes and the American Property Casualty Insurance Association. He began his career with Atlantic Mutual and Fireman’s Fund, and served in senior roles at the St. Paul Travelers Companies before joining The Hanover in 2006.
Based in London, Daniel leads innovation for the Yellowwoods group of insurance businesses spanning southern Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Brands include Hollard, Clientele, Budget Group, Lombard, NMG and Animal Friends. As a family owned group, there is great flexibility to invest in and partner strategically with the global InsurTech community alongside our businesses. He has prior experience in FinTech start-ups, corporate finance and wealth management. Daniel studied modern languages and then did an MBA at London Business School.
SCOR Global P&C Deputy CEO
A French citizen, is a graduate of HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales). He started his career in 2001 as an equity analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston in London, covering European insurers and reinsurers. In 2005, he joined J.P. Morgan in the insurance Investment Banking team, executing M&A, capital raising and restructuring transactions for European insurers and reinsurers. He joined SCOR in 2010 as Advisor to the CEO, and became Head of SCOR Global P&C’s Strategy and Business Development in 2012. In July 2015, Laurent became Chief Underwriting Officer of SCOR Global P&C’s treaty business in Europe, Middle East & Africa. In April 2018, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global P&C, member of the Group’s Executive Committee and since September 2018, CEO for Specialty Insurance (SCOR Business Solutions, the Channel Managing Agency and MGAs).
As President, Michael specializes in business strategy at an executive level including identifying, clarifying and communicating the organization’s vision. He exhaustively looks to take RetireUp’s strategy and bring it into fruition through enterprise partnerships. Prior to RetireUp, Michael was a top producing derivatives trader for 9 years at Geneva Trading USA, one of the largest proprietary energy trading firms in the world. He completed his graduate work at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business as a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. Michael completed his undergraduate work at Bethel University graduating with Sigma Cum Laude Honors. Michael currently lives in Lake Forest, Illinois with his wife and three daughters.
CEO & Co-Founder
Mike Rudoy is the co-founder and CEO of Jetty, a new financial services company on a mission to make renting a home effortless and more affordable for everyone. Mike started his career as a management consultant at the strategy firm Diamond Management & Technology Consultants (now part of PwC). In 2009, Mike co-founded Big Live, a venture-backed live video platform that sought to bring a social experience to the consumption of online video. Mike graduated from Princeton University with a B.S. in International Politics.
Global Head of Industry Verticals / Global Head of Insurance
Ryan is the Global Head of Industry Verticals at R3. She is responsible for ensuring R3 is at the forefront of blockchain technology within multiple industries across the globe. Her team is responsible for helping industry leaders understand and navigate the forces in emerging tech that are reshaping their businesses. Prior to R3, Ryan worked for Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan, where she gained extensive experience in financial services spanning insurance, hedge funds, banking and asset management. Ryan is a graduate of George Washington University and has a double major in computer science and finance.
CEO & Co-Founder
Nominated as Europe’s Young Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2007, Sten rose to prominence at 17, founding a business selling innovative notepads for students. The company traded in four different countries, with a net revenue of $1m. In 2011, Sten joined property rental company onefinestay, building the service delivery function as Head of Operations. He then moved to Deliveroo, supporting their rapid growth. Since founding Zego in 2016, Sten has expanded the team to 100 employees and launched the business in five countries. He continues to execute Zego’s mission to insure the new mobility industry and take their solutions global.
Chief Innovation Officer
Scott Sanchez is an Innovation Leader, with extensive experience in product management and design, with a history of making simple, yet impactful products and experiences that delight users. Scott is the Chief Innovation Officer for Nationwide, leading transformational innovation and incubation, enterprise innovation, and venture capital for the company.
Scott brings a user-centered approach to innovation (also known as “design thinking”) to create products and experiences that people can’t imagine, and then can’t imagine going back.
Prior to Nationwide, Scott was Vice President, Innovation and User Experience, at First Data, a global leader in commerce-enabling technology solutions serving more than six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in 118 countries around the world. He joined First Data in early 2011 to enable innovation throughout First Data across products, clients, and employees. He founded and ran the
Innovation Lab, a cross functional team of product managers, user experience designers, user experience researchers, technologists, and client innovation leaders, whose goal is to disrupt the future of commerce in collaboration with clients and partners.
Scott is also passionate about building innovators in all walks of life. He is on the faculty of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (the d.school), a hub for innovators at Stanford, where students learn “design thinking” to tackle the world’s messiest problems together. He is also on the faculty at Emory University, teaching innovation to students, executives, and faculty, as design thinking and an
empathy-driven mindset become key parts of the University. In addition to teaching, as a founder of Innovators Atlanta, he spends time with companies, schools, organizations, and individuals around the Southeast and beyond nurturing and unleashing innovators of all ages.
Before joining First Data, Scott spent two years at Visa running Commercial Marketing and driving innovation strategy. Before Visa, he spent 8 years at Intuit (makers of Quicken, QuickBooks, and TurboTax) in product management and the innovation lab.
Scott grew up in Atlanta, GA and has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University.
Pedro Bernardo Santos
Pedro Bernardo Santos, joined G-Evolution in June 2017 in the role of General Manager. Before joining G-Evolution, he led Strategy and Operations for Insurance at Ernst & Young. Prior to that, he was the Director of Strategy & Change Management in the International Division of Direct Line Group. Pedro is a native of Madrid, and holds a Masters Degrees in Economics and Business Administration. He has a strong international and multicultural background in Financial Services, spanning the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Turkey, India, Africa and the U.S.
Insurance Global Business Lead
Sasha is Genpact’s global business head for its Insurance vertical, leading a team dedicated to its continued growth and portfolio of services for top insurance companies globally. She also leads Genpact’s global diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility programs. Prior to this role, she led the company’s Transitions function for client engagements and its Lean DigitalSM Transformation program, which leverages the company’s core strengths in Lean and Six Sigma combined with design thinking and digital technologies. Sasha also served as Genpact’s Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing the company’s five-year financial blueprint and strategy for industry verticals, geographies, solutions and offerings.
Chief Strategy Officer
Cyberpolicy / Coverhound
Anita Sathe is an insurance professional with over 14 years of experience in the insurance industry. She holds a breadth of experience ranging from product and underwriting strategy to technology implementation and actuarial analyses. She is one of only twelve to hold actuarial fellowship credentials across P&C, Life and Health Insurance. Prior to CyberPolicy & CoverHound, Anita was a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting.
Georg Schwegler manages AEGON’s corporate venture activities as CEO of Transamerica Ventures Fund, a role he began in January 2014. His experience in the corporate venture industry stems from T-Venture, where he joined in October 2000 and served as CEO from 2005 until 2013. He also served as adviser for the German government in 2013 and 2014 in the Council for Young Digital Economy. Georg holds a PhD from the University of Cologne/Germany in Business Administration.
Head of Artificial Intelligence
Biswa is the Head of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at AXA XL’s Centre of Excellence for AI. He oversees the AI strategy for AXA XL, along with delivering in-house solutions utilizing Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision algorithms. Additionally, he supervises scientists both at the Imperial College London and the University College London. Prior to this, he established the AI Theory Lab for Huawei R&D UK and served as the Chief Scientist for an Imperial College based computer vision start-up. Biswa obtained his Ph.D. in dynamical systems/optimization from the University of Cambridge; attaining further post-doctoral training on Bayesian statistics at UCL.
President & Chief Product Officer
Manish Shah is President and Chief Product Officer and leads the global software product division at Majesco. In this role, he is responsible for management and development of innovative software products for the global insurance business and works on strategic directions for the company as a member of leadership team. Prior to the merger of Cover-All and Majesco, Manish was President and CEO of Cover-All and served on its Board of Directors. Before being named CEO in July 2013, Manish was Cover-All’s Chief Technology Officer and also responsible for sales and operations, including strategic planning, customer relationships and product management. Prior to joining Cover-All, Manish held several technology management positions independently and with Tata Consultancy Services for over a decade, serving a wide variety of industries including P/C Insurance. He was responsible for business development, product management, project management and solution consulting to various enterprises including many Fortune 500 companies. Manish earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from MS University of Baroda, India.
President of Allstate Personal Lines
Allstate Insurance Company
Glenn Shapiro is President of Allstate Personal Lines, overseeing product, claims, operations, risk, finance and distribution. He is focused on expanding Allstate’s trusted advisor strategy, accelerating the use of telematics and building an Integrated Digital Enterprise. From 2016 to 2017, Shapiro served as Chief Claims Officer for the Allstate Insurance Company. Prior to joining Allstate in 2016, Shapiro was Executive Vice President and Chief Claims Officer at Liberty Mutual Commercial Insurance. Shapiro has 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. He has held a number of senior leadership positions in strategy and operations and has been at the forefront of leveraging predictive modeling and digital capabilities in insurance. Shapiro serves on the board of SitStayRead, a Chicago nonprofit dedicated to promoting a culture of reading in low-income communities. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., and holds CPCU, CLU and ChFC designations.
Yogesh is Avibra’s CEO and Co-Founder. His goal has been to reinvent life insurance as a ‘well-being’ product with a focus on giving something tangible to people to improve their lives right now. Avibra is the first startup to introduce a novel way to use a data-driven model to offer guaranteed micro life insurance with no medical underwriting, all earned simply through people’s good habits. Yogesh was the former Managing Director & Head of Architecture & Innovation at New York Life. Before that, he worked for Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase and a number of startups. He is also a successful author of a book used in universities as a part of master’s level curriculum.
CEO & Founder
Clara Shih is CEO and founder of Hearsay Systems, a leading enterprise SaaS insurtech based in San Francisco. Hearsay’s agent and advisor actions platform enables every rep to behave like the top producer. Over 170,000 advisors and agents across insurance, banks, and wealth management firms in 22 countries rely on Hearsay to modernize the human client experience. A pioneer in the industry, Clara has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” Fast Company’s “Most Influential People in Technology,” and a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. Clara is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and previously held various roles at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com. She graduated top of her class in computer science at Stanford University, where she also received an M.S. in computer science. She also holds an M.S. in internet studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a U.S. Marshall Scholar.
CEO & Co-Founder
Eran Shir is the co-founder and CEO of Nexar, a connected vehicle network that delivers critical safety alerts to prevent collisions in real-time. Nexar has more than 400 million miles of anonymized network data that help cities, transit authorities, and mobility companies make our roads safer and smoother. Eran is a physicist by training, and has spent much of his career building complex networks. Prior to Nexar, Eran served as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Israeli VC Aleph. He also co-founded an advertising startup that was acquired by Yahoo, where he went on to serve as the Creative Innovation Officer.
EVP, North American Verticals
Larry brings more than 25 years of experience in the technology and enterprise software industry and is responsible for Salesforce’s Financial Services and Healthcare / LifeSciences business in North America. Larry has had several roles at Salesforce over the past eight years, starting as an Area Vice President for Global Accounts. Larry then became responsible for Strategic Accounts and most recently was Salesforce’s Senior Vice President for the Financial Services Vertical in the United States. Before Salesforce, Larry was an Area Vice President at Oracle where he led national teams in both the Consumer Packaged Goods and Aerospace industries. Prior to Oracle, Larry was the Western Area VP for Hyperion Software. Larry earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona and resides in Anaheim, California, with his wife Andrea and two boys.
General Manager of Insurance
Neal Silbert is a DataRobot’s General Manager of Insurance. He has been a leader in the industry for more than 25 years. His expertise lies in helping insurance companies embrace AI and leverage it to improve profitability, grow, become more efficient and become more customer focused.
Director, Worldwide Insurance Solutions
Jonathan Silverman is a Director in Microsoft’s Worldwide Financial Services Industry Group focused on Insurance industry solutions related to Risk, Data Analytics and the Internet of Things. He has 25+ years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry with a strong background in Insurance, ERP, Data Strategy, Solution Selling and Strategic Consulting. Prior to Microsoft, he serviced the Financial Services Industry with roles in Sales, Management and Consulting with Cap Gemini, Ernst and Young, and Wipro as well as a few Financial Services based start-ups. In his current role, Jonathan works closely with Risk Solution providers to establish a public cloud strategy related to improving the overall Risk Management process, meeting regulatory requirements and helping customers improve efficiencies by demonstrating the value of having unlimited compute capacity for running Risk Models using Cloud services. He also works closely with customers to evaluate and enhance data strategies and solutions using Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics to enhance the Risk Solutions.
CEO & Founder
Max started States Title in 2016 after personally experiencing the friction and labor caused by title insurance in the homebuying process. Since then he has worked to provide an innovative solution to homeowners, brokers, and mortgage bankers. Max is an entrepreneur with experience founding and operating technology companies. Prior to States Title, Max was Founder and CEO of Evolv, Inc., an enterprise predictive analytics software company, which he led through their acquisition by Cornerstone (NASDAQ: CSOD) in 2014 where he served for two years on the senior executive team post-acquisition as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.
Industry Leader, Insurance – North America
Jacob brings extensive experience to Appian as a change leader driving strategy and business transformation in the Insurance industry. He has held senior Operations roles with Farmers Insurance, including front-line Insurance/licensed field operations and served as CIO of Aon National Flood Services. Jake holds an MBA from Baker University and is an alumni of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP190).
Matthew Elan Smith
Matthew Elan Smith is 25 years old and has a formal background is in actuarial and statistics. He grew up in Johannesburg and was one of the top students at Crawford College, matriculating with 7 distinctions. He studied a BSC in Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science at Wits and went on to work in insurance before planting the seeds of Pineapple together with co-founders Ndabenhle and Marnus in late 2016. A futurist at heart, Matthew spends a lot of his time understanding new trends to paint a picture of where the world may be in 10-20-50 years’ time. Combining these traits makes Matthew a unique problem solver, greatly aiding his entrepreneurial journey.
Ramsey D. Smith is an entrepreneur and founder of the digital insurance agency ALEX.fyi, a platform for retirement income solutions. Prior to starting ALEX.fyi, Ramsey spent 21 years at Goldman Sachs, where he served as a Managing Director. There, as a serial intrapreneur, he pioneered and led multiple Equity Derivative businesses. In the Life Insurance space, he developed a franchise that provided corporate level risk management and investment strategies for the nation’s top carriers. He is a graduate of Princeton University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Latam Regional President
Federico Spagnoli is Regional President of Argentina, Mexico, Chile and responsible for strategic business development in Europe and Latin America for Prudential International Insurance (PII), a business unit of Prudential Financial, Inc. In this role, Mr. Spagnoli has direct responsibility for Prudential Seguros Argentina, Prudential Seguros Mexico and supervises the relationship of PII with ILC and AFP Habitat. Prior to joining Prudential, Mr. Spagnoli spent twelve years in various senior positions within AIG’s international subsidiaries including as Regional Vice President Consumer Insurance Region EMEA, Regional Vice President Consumer Insurance Latin America, Vice President Personal Lines Japan and Assistant Vice President Personal Lines of South Korea. Before joining AIG, Mr. Spagnoli worked in a variety of roles of greater
responsibilities in the implementation of Circulo Asegurador, Zurich Financial Services and Santander Bank. Mr. Spagnoli served on the boards of AIG Europe, AIG Life UK and Travel Guard Europe for two years. Mr. Spagnoli graduated from the University of El Salvador (Argentina) with a master’s degree in Law and received a M.B.A. from Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and has the CPCU designation. In September 2018, he obtained his Post Graduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the University of Oxford Saiid Business School. Mr. Spagnoli is married and has a daughter, is an avid marathon runner and triathlete and lives in New Jersey.
CEO & Founder
Figo Pet Insurance
Rusty was inspired by Buster—his loyal 14-year old Boston Terrier who lives with Lyme disease. That combined with his passion for technology as well as an entrepreneurial spirit and deep understanding of the insurance industry, Rusty launched Figo, the first technology-based pet insurance company. After completing three years of development Figo Pet Insurance was officially launched in April 2015. Focusing on mobile experience, millennial’s, and creating the Pet Cloud, Figo is truly a technology pioneer within the fast-growing $70+ billion pet industry.
Co-Founder & Editor-at-Large
Kara Swisher is the co-founder and editor-at-large of Recode, producer and host of the Recode Decode and Pivot podcasts, and co-executive producer of the Code Conference series. She also has a special series on MSNBC called Revolution on the impact of technology on work, society, and more, and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.
Swisher co-founded Recode and, before that, co-produced and co-hosted the Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” conference series (now called the Code conference) with Walt Mossberg starting in 2003. It was, and still is, the country’s premier conference on tech and media, with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, the Google leadership, Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey, and many other leading players. She and Mossberg were also the co-executive editors of a tech and media website, AllThingsD.com, founded in 2007.
Swisher worked in the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. For many years, she wrote the column “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and online at WSJ.com. Previously, Swisher covered breaking news about the web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper.
Earlier in her career, Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and as an editor at the City Paper of Washington, DC. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Swisher is also the author of aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web, published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future, was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.
Chief Digital Officer
Said is executive vice president and chief digital officer for Lockton, the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker and consultant. Said’s focus is on digital innovation and new technologies to help Lockton Associates transform how they deliver best-in-class strategic solutions for clients. He is an expert in leading change and creating technology innovations that improve the customer experience. Prior to joining Lockton in June 2018, he was senior vice president and chief information officer for AF Group, a leading workers’ compensation insurance organization. Said has more than 10 years of experience in the insurance industry, delivering huge impact for industry leaders including XL Group and Zurich North America. He also spent six years with Accenture leading large personal and commercial carrier transformations. Said is active in insurance industry groups as well as in local communities. He of Illinois at Chicago. He also served as chairman of the board of the Capital
Area IT Council in Lansing, Michigan, Council on Compensation Insurance.
Head of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships
Michael Taormina, CFA is Head of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships for Group1001, the parent company of Gainbridge. He was previously the co-founder of CommonBond, a fintech platform for refinancing student loans. Earlier, Mike was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, where he focused on the investment strategy for the Private Bank’s discretionary business and later on derivative strategies for ultra-high-net-worth clients. Mike graduated with a degree in Finance from Georgetown University and with an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management & Marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mike is a CFA Charterholder.
CEO & Founder
Blue Marble Microinsurance
Joan Lamm-Tennant leads Blue Marble Microinsurance, a startup that extends socially impactful, commercially viable insurance to the underserved. She is also senior research fellow at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Process Center. In addition, Dr. Lamm-Tennant serves on the boards of Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd., Element Financial Management Corporation, Ambac Financial Group and The Institutes’ Board of Trustees. She earned a Ph.D. in Finance and Investments at the University of Texas, as well as an M.B.A. in Finance and B.B.A. with Honours in Accounting from St. Mary’s University.
Jeff is CEO of Safekeep, a collaboration platform that helps financial advisors and producers grow their books of business by enabling customers to pursue their dreams. Prior to Safekeep, Jeff was Global Head of Insurance at Salesforce and Founder of Fintech Garage where he partnered with financial institutions to re-think digital experiences. Jeff was twice named by ACORD as a “Top 10 InsurTech Leader” in 2018 and 2017. He is currently a board member at Hagerty Insurance and a strategic advisor to Limelight Health.
Mr. Toth is the CEO & Founder of zesty.ai, a property risk analytics platform powered by Artificial Intelligence. Zesty.ai uses the latest advancements in computer vision and deep learning on 115+Bn data points to extract key property features and insured characteristics to accurately model the potential impact of both attritional and catastrophic losses for Property and Casualty insurance.
CMO, Strategy Marketing & Technology
Paul Tyler serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Nassau Re. In that role, he leads the strategy, development, and delivery of company marketing campaigns across digital and traditional channels. Paul has lead the digital rebranding efforts of acquired insurance companies and affiliated asset management companies. He has a launched a direct to consumer channel for Nassau Re that includes term life, final expense, and fixed annuities. In addition, he launched Nassau Re/Imagine, an Insurtech-focused incubator based in Hartford.
Kristen is a product leader in consumer FinTech and insurance integration. Kristen is the Founder & COO at Catch, a technology startup combining savings, investment, and insurance for those without access to employer benefits. Early in her career, she worked with Commonwealth to design and scale innovative savings products that now serve more than 80 million consumers. Kristen also helped launch one of the first student loan repayment SaaS benefits platforms. Kristen has lived on four continents and has a Masters in International Business from Hult and Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from Pepperdine University.
Core Innovation Capital
Kat Utecht is a managing partner of Core Innovation Capital, a venture capital fund investing in companies that democratize prosperity. Portfolio companies include Ripple, Synapse, HealthSherpa, and Decent. Prior to investing with Core and at Comcast Ventures, Kat was CEO of Green Rock Entertainment, a commerce company acquired by private equity in 2009. Kat began her career in financial services, both as a middle-market investment banker for Raymond James and a graduate of General Electric Capital’s Financial Management Program. Kat has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from Babson College.
Senior Director, Product Go To Market
Kelly Utley is a Product Leader who has developed and launched multiple products at Salesforce including the Financial Services Cloud and more recently Salesforce Blockchain. In her current role, she works with Customers across the world to help them innovate using the Financial Services Cloud. In her spare time, she is a fitness enthusiast who loves nature and travel.
Felipe is a Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Veronorte, a Latin American investment management firm. Veronorte specializes in operating corporate venture capital programs for relevant regional corporations. Veronorte aims to align the incentives of their portfolio companies and their corporate partners and facilitates the adoption of new technologies and business model, and the development of the Latin American market. One of Veronorte’s corporate partners is Grupo SURA: a leading financial conglomerate in Latin America with companies in insurance, asset management, banking and healthcare. In Veronorte, Felipe has led investments in fintech and insurtech companies such as Trov, MoneyLion, Slice Labs, Alkanza, LendingHome, Clover Health, Zendrive and Pager
Irene van den Brink
Digital Insurance Group
At DIG, as CCO, Irene can use her experience and global network to forge new strategic partnerships and capitalize on the growing demand for insurance technology. Before DIG, she was responsible for Business Development at InShared, a leading Dutch digital insurer. In this role, she developed the international business and co-founded OutShared, an additional insurtech business model. Prior to that, she worked 10+ in business development and innovation for banking and insurance companies in Europe and the Americas. Irene holds a master’s degree in International Business and has been named top 10 female influencers in Insurtech in the EU by the Insider.
Sabine is a Partner at Rainmaking, a renowned global innovation consultancy, Founder and Global CEO for InsurTech and FinTech, as well as Lead Consultant for Hartford InsurTech Hub, USA. Sabine is passionate about encouraging organisations to leverage the power of innovation and entrepreneurship. From supporting start-ups and early-stage business to co-create in partnership with leading insurers, finance organisations, investors and mentors to empowering incumbent players to execute effective next-generation growth initiatives, she is a driving force in organisations becoming innovative within their industries. Sabine is a co-editor of the first crowdsourced InsurTECH Book, a top 50 InsurTech Influencer and a board member for TIA Technology.
SVP, Head of Incubator and Regional Analytics Center
As Head of Incubator, New Strategic Markets, Jean Vernor leads the team responsible for driving innovation to address new, emerging risks at Munich Re, US. Prior to joining Munich Re, Jean led the Direct to Consumer business and Innovation at MetLife. Her focus was modernizing insurance with lean innovation and leading cross-functional teams in digital transformation. For the past 15 years, she has led business units at large global companies including GE, Metlife and Study Group where she fueled growth via digital transformations. Her early career, she lead marketing for a financial services start up that became the 10th largest Credit card issuer in the US. Jean holds a bachelors degree in Marketing from Oakland University, is a Scaled Agile Leading SAFe 4 Agilist, completed GE’s Top Talent Executive Development Program and MetLife’s Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.
Insuresoft’s CEO since 2004, Tony is responsible for developing the company’s corporate vision and setting its strategic direction. He has more than 20 years’ experience in designing, developing, and implementing enterprise software. Tony is passionate about technology and bringing software to market. He held senior positions with Applied Systems and Shared Medical Systems prior to his current role at Insuresoft. He’s been a featured guest speaker at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center and a focus group panelist at industry conferences.
Robin von Hein
CEO & Founder
Robin von Hein is founder and CEO of the simplesurance group, which is based in Berlin since 2012 and has an office in Tokyo. Only six years later, Robin and his company are among the most successful companies in Germany. In 2018 & 2019, simplesurance was awarded as best eCommerce Insurance at the BankingCheck and eKomi Awards, honoring outstanding customer care process. 2016 simplesurance won the prize as the best insurtech startup in Silicon Valley. The German economy magazine Capital counts Robin to the Top 40 under 40 and Handelsblatt, German Financial Daily Newspaper, says Robin belongs to the Top 100 of the most innovative people in Germany. More than 150 employees from 30 different nations work together to revolutionize the distribution of insurances.
Founder & Managing Partner
Jason Walker helps independent insurance agents and their carriers realize growth using digital marketing technologies and performance insights. As founder and managing partner of Smart Harbor, Jason helps insurance agents not only compete but win in the digital world, using the right combination of websites, smart forms, SEO, social media, and data and analytics. Smart Harbor serves 1,000+ independent insurance agencies that represent over 900 carriers. A recipient of the 2018 Smart 50 Award for Innovation, Impact and Sustainability, Jason is a published author, speaker, and AUGIE Ambassador, advancing digital technology adoption among independent insurance agents.
CEO and Co-Founder
Assaf Wand is the co-founder and CEO of insurtech startup Hippo. Based in Mountain View, CA, the company is modernizing home insurance through the lens of homeowners – building policies with more comprehensive coverage for today’s consumers at up to 25% less than competitors. Prior to Hippo, Wand was founder and CEO of Sabi, which designed and produced elegant everyday products (Sabi was acquired in 2015), a consultant with McKinsey & Company and an investor with Intel Capital. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in finance and LLB in Law from the IDC Herzliya in Israel.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jane Wang is CEO of Optimity, a Life & Health InsurTech provider offering a digital holistic well-being platform for insurers and employers using AI, gamification & habit-coaching behavior economics. Their platform personalizes the Optimity mobile app for users through dynamic health & wealth risk assessments while educating and supporting members with healthy activities, financial best practices, and lifestyle choices to hit their goals. Prior to Optimity, Jane created innovative new “FICO scores” for banks & healthcare organizations, and spent a decade in global clinical trials in maximizing adherence and performing dynamic risk scoring using software for patients in North America, Asia and the EU.
CEO & Founder
Mark Warnquist is Co-Founder & CEO of InShare, which provides Insurance and Claims solutions for the Sharing Economy. Prior to InShare, Mark was responsible for Uber’s Global Claims function with operations in US/Canada, LatAm, EMEA and APAC. He has worked closely with leading insurers and Insurtech firms globally to deliver a superior end-to-end claims experience within the Sharing Economy. A former trial lawyer with two large national law firms, Mark also served as Chief Claims Officer with Aviva Canada and held a number of senior Claims roles with Travelers, including Group General Counsel (Staff Counsel) and VP of General Liability Claims.
Director, Risk Management
Brian Warren is the Director of the Business Risk Management team at Microsoft where he manages a broad range of risk financing for the company. Over his 20+ year Microsoft career he’s led or participated in many projects and initiatives including enterprise risk management, alternative risk financing, captive planning & management, loss contingency reporting, claims management, internal risk consulting, and credit & collections. Prior to Microsoft, Brian was a financial analyst with Allstate Insurance Company and served in the US Army as a field artillery officer. He earned his economics degree from Princeton University.
Mark Watson, III
Mark E. Watson III invested in Argo Group’s predecessor company, Argonaut Group, in 1998, joined its Board of Directors in 1999 and has served as President and CEO since 2000. Prior to joining Argonaut, Mr. Watson was a founding partner of Aquila Capital Partners, a Texas-based venture capital firm focused on technology and life sciences companies. Before founding Aquila, Mr. Watson was an Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Titan Holding Inc., a NYSE-listed property and casualty insurance group, from 1992 until its acquisition in 1997 by USF&G Corporation. From 1989 to 1991, he was an Associate Attorney with Kroll & Tract, a New York law firm focusing on international financial services clientele. In 1989, Mr. Watson was a Legislative Aide in the Texas Senate. Mr. Watson graduated with a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University and a J.D. from the University of Texas, School of Law. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
Richard “Richie” Whitt is Co-CEO of Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL), a diverse financial holding company including insurance, reinsurance, and investment operations around the world and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Richie is responsible for worldwide insurance and reinsurance operations, insurance-linked securities fund managers, and the company’s shared service teams. Markel has been very active over the past 20 years from a mergers and acquisitions standpoint, and Richie has been a central figure within the organization on all of its major transactions. Richie is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a degree in accounting and information systems.
CEO & Co-Founder
Christian wants to challenge one of the largest industries in the world building one of the world’s up and rising digital insurance companies—as the Founder and CEO of Getsafe. Engineer by education, he is a young yet already experienced digital entrepreneur with a strong tech background.
Principal Financial Group
Beth is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Principal Financial Group. She leads the Global Center for Brand and Insights. Prior to joining Principal, Beth led Marketing Strategy and Operations for Guardian’s Individual Lines business. At Guardian, her team focused on Marketing digital transformation, client acquisition and engagement engendering consumer preference for Guardian to and through its network of general agencies and their agents. With 25 years of Brand Management and Marketing experience, Beth has worked at industry leading organizations such as PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay and healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. She made her first foray into financial services where she championed major marketing initiatives at MassMutual.
Chief Digital Officer
Lebensversicherung von 1871 a.G. München
Robert Weidinger studied mathematics and computer science in Munich, Germany. Since the 1990s he has been involved in the digitalisation of life insurance, initially on behalf of IT consulting companies. In 2003, he became Head of IT at LV 1871 in Munich, and in 2017 he was appointed Chief Digital Officer. In this role he is responsible not only for IT but also for digitization, organizational development, process and project management.
VP & CIO
Everest Reinsurance Company
Owen Williams is the Insurance CIO at Everest Reinsurance Group; he is responsible for the technology strategy and implementation of solutions in support of the insurance company operations. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 27 years in a variety of roles at Chubb, Tokio Marine, and Hamilton USA (Attune/Blackboard). Owen is results-oriented and possesses an outstanding business and information technology background; with a proven track record of delivering quality results by building strong partnerships between business groups and IT teams. Recognized as a driven and passionate industry thought leader, Owen is regularly invited to speak at technology conferences, industry podcasts and has written numerous technical publications.
CEO & President
Aetna Senior Supplemental Insurance
Ty leads the Aetna Medicare Supplement and Ancillary product businesses from Nashville, Tennessee. Under his leadership, annual revenues have grown from less than $300 million to $1.9 billion, placing Aetna among the top three carriers in the industry. Ty is a recovering actuary with over 30 years of insurance experience including senior leadership roles in Life, Long-Term Care, Structured Settlements, Annuities, Medicare Supplement and Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions for companies including First Colony Life, General Electric, Genworth Financial and Aetna. Ty’s greatest accomplishments are by far his two daughters, Beth and Kim. He is an avid golfer, frequent industry speaker, and very active in government relations work. He holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Liberty Baptist College and the actuarial designations MAAA (1989) and FSA (1992).
CEO & Co-Founder
Howard Yeh is the CEO of HealthCare.com, which he cofounded in 2014 and which has grown into a profitable, 70-person online health insurance company providing comparison and proprietary coverage solutions for consumers, and performance marketing for insurance companies. Howard is an experienced serial entrepreneur in building digital products and data-driven customer acquisition in the insurance vertical. Before HealthCare.com, Howard co-founded ContactUs.com in 2012, a marketing software acquired in 2015. He was previously co-founder and COO of BrokersWeb, which was acquired in 2011. Previously, he was a VC investor at VantagePoint Capital Partners and an investment banker at Merrill Lynch.
Andy is the CEO of Concirrus, and the driving force behind the world’s first fully digital AI tools for commercial insurance underwriting. Concirrus has harnessed the power of advanced data analytics, AI and Machine Learning working across the market with Marsh, Willis Re, TransRe, Chaucer and more to improve loss ratios and profits. Andy has extensive experience in the insurance market and is a recognized
authority on the impact of digital technologies in Marine Insurance – the most traditional insurance market.
Andy has a background in fast growth and innovative companies including Trimble Navigation, ClickSoftware (recently acquired by Salesforce.com) and holds non-executive directorships and chairman roles as well as consulting regularly with the VC and PE industry.
As President of Snapsheet, Jamie works closely with global clients to develop solutions that provide the best claims experience through Snapsheet’s advanced software and technology. He leads go-to-market activities for claims management software, virtual appraisals and payments technology. Prior to Snapsheet, Jamie led PwC’s Insurance Advisory Practice and the Future of Insurance global research program. Prior to PwC, Jamie led the insurance practice at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants. Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in computer science with minors in math and business from Indiana University Bloomington. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Children’s Theatre.
Amy Zupon has spent her entire career partnering with companies to develop software and data solutions to improve their business performance. This purpose drives her day-to-day leadership philosophy, and at Vertafore, this mindset allows her to put the customer experience above all else. Whether it’s giving Vertafore clients better access to their data or driving efficiencies by automating current practices, Amy and Vertafore strive to deliver results that drive real improvements for the community they serve.
CEO & Co-Founder
Haven Life Insurance Agency
A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Wharton School of Business, Yaron Ben-Zvi loves building things that make a difference. That’s how he became co-founder and CEO of Haven Life, MassMutual’s in-house startup that sets the pace for life insurance innovation. Yaron worked with several startups before launching Haven Life in industries as varied as asset management and media, yet life insurance’s complexity and opportunity kept calling to him. When Yaron and his wife were expecting their first child, Yaron decided to purchase a life insurance policy but didn’t know much about his options or what kind of life insurance to buy. When he decided to buy term life insurance, he was surprised he couldn’t purchase it online.
After completing the strenuous process of purchasing term life insurance, Yaron felt there had to be a simpler, more convenient and online way to purchase it. In 2015, he co-founded Haven Life to bring this simple idea to life.